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Transcendent Dec 5, 2014

People throw the word “transcendent” around pretty lightly these days but Now I'm Fine by Ahamefule J. Oluo is specifically and exactly that. I don't mean that the show is very good, although it is, or that it's beautiful, which you can't deny, or that he finds comedy in the low places of life, which he does swimmingly. I mean that the show itself – and particularly the closing musical number – is a highly focused act of transcending a traumatic event. I don't necessarily think he did it on purpose. But that's precisely what he did.

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Review: Now I'm Fine Dec 5, 2014

When your reality is, or has at some point been, a surrealist fever dream in comparison to your peers, being able to talk about it without othering yourself any further than the experiences themselves have already othered you is a profound talent. A childhood that is made complicated with absent fathers, social anxiety, and poverty is just as valid as any alternative narrative, even if some (or most) would not view it as ideal. The stories of sadness that people grow out of are not always flowers bursting forth from putrid fertilizer, or trees pushing through cement.

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NOW I'M FINE Dec 5, 2014

If there is one thing I want from a piece of performance it’s the feeling that what I just saw could never be done again. I want to walk out and think  “I know what I saw will be done again tomorrow night and then again the next night and again all weekend, maybe all month. But no one else can possibly see what I just saw.” Its not that my emotions or reactions are so complex it’s that the performance was so singular, so special that it doesn't seem like it could be repeated.

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Force Dec 5, 2014

I'd never fainted in a performance before, and last night, I did, classic southern lady style, with face fanning and a whispered "oh my." I won't tell you exactly where I fainted save for that it perhaps was at the climax, at the point where I felt an information transfer.

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