It may be a bit strange, but the feeling of shaving cream always reminds me of when I was little. As a toddler, I was a lot to handle. I would draw on the walls, run around the house like a crazed lunatic, and when it came time for dinner, more food ended up on my face and in my hair than eaten. My mother was pretty creative, so when I became too much to deal with, she would spray shaving cream all over the kitchen table and let me go to town! The cream was cool and fluffy and kept me fairly occupied for about twenty minutes before I reverted back to my unruly, monstrous self.
In A View From My Backyard, Sara Herrera revels in her own childhood memories. With all her senses, she explores what she remembers from growing up in a close-knit Latino community in Texas. The show is short and sweet, lasting only thirty minutes. Despite the limited time, Herrera presented plenty of intriguing and amusing stories, all revolving around herself and her family.
A View From My Backyard
closes July 28, 2018
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From the sound of trains passing through to the sweet taste of strawberry Mentos, Herrera unpacks a great number of insignificant items that connect to meaningful memories. Like me with shaving cream, she delights in the knowledge that these simple, trivial things can take her back to a different time and place where she was optimistic and care-free.
Dance seems to inhabit a special place in Herrera’s heart since many of the recollections she shares involve dance in some form. She reflects on her quincean?era celebration—a particularly momentous moment for her—as well as the unadulterated joy of dancing in the streets to authentic mariachi music. Additionally, while she ventures from one memory to the next, she dances around old doodles she drew as a kid, mirroring her mind’s introspective journey throughout the performance.
Herrera’s words have a soothing effect. In fact, it sometimes seems like she is leading a group meditation rather than performing for an audience. This kind of format is a unique choice, and I think it complements the environment of the Capital Fringe Festival.
Herrera is a soft-spoken performer with a calm, poised stage presence. Like most performances with such personal themes, the show was intimate and informal and thoroughly captured Herrera’s personality. Anyone who enjoys reminiscing about the past can appreciate this Capital Fringe performance, but fair warning: Herrera may ask you to dance!
A View From My Backyard, created and performed by Sara Herrera . Presented at Capital Fringe 2018 . Reviewed by Arielle Ostry.