Anyone But Me, written and performed by Sheila Carrasco, vividly presents a dozen or so characters, from a newborn baby girl, to an elderly, kvetching theatregoer chatting in the “intermission.” At the top of the show, Ms. Carrasco holds sway as a perky, fast-talking receptionist at some corporate entity, who is desperate to make it to the “eight floor.” She sits in the middle of an octagonal desk that completely surrounds her, which becomes many things for the many characters she portrays throughout the performance: a checker in a grocery store; a native American who passes for white; a desperate woman in peril, enslaved so long that she knows not her own name; a striving, unsuccessful actress; a Latina mom who encourages her brilliant daughter to live up to her obvious potential, and more. That same octagonal desk becomes the set for that feisty baby girl to struggle out of the birth canal though a cloth tube.
Escaping from the confines of the octagonal desk, Ms. Carrasco takes on the guise of a self-improvement lecturer who, little by little, becomes creepy à la Nxivm. The most touching and distressing scene presents an academically brilliant teenager who is self-enthralled by an abusive boyfriend. She endures his brutal dominance, and sadly accepts the situation
Anyone But Me is solo performance art of the highest calibre. Sheila Carrasco is simply brilliant. See this show, it is not to be missed!
Margaux Susi directs, and the show benefits by the creative team of scenic and props designer Justin Huen, lighting designer R. S. Buck, and sound designer John Nobori. Filming and post-production are by TAKE Creative. The stage manager is Camella Cooper and assistant stage manager is Rose Swaddling Krol. Tanny Jiraprapasuke is the COVID compliance officer. Lexi Sloan produces and Terry Li associate produces for IAMA Theatre Company.
Tickets are $15 per household. Patrons who purchase a ticket to Anyone But Me will receive a $5 discount to view The Oxy Complex, written and performed by Anna LaMadrid. The Oxy Complex is a dark comedy exploring love, sex, loneliness, trauma, and the hormone that affects it all — Oxytocin, also known as “the cuddle” or “love” hormone. For more information and to reserve tickets, go to http://www.iamatheatre.com.