Theatre Review: Someone's Somebody

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Every child wants a mother’s love. That includes writer and performer Regina Louise, who conjures an ideal image of a mother in this autobiographical show.


But the reality of Louise’s childhood was very different. Louise grew up in group homes and other “placements.” What little she hears about her mother isn’t nice.


This show is memoir as monologue, as Louise struggles to establish something solid in her life. Theatrically, the main props are shoes -- red canvas sneakers, pink ballet slippers, high heels, and more. Each pair symbolizes a phase as Louise shuttles through program after program as a foster child. But it’s not theatricality that really matters. It’s Louise’s tangible determination to make something out of her life that set this show apart.