I commend Johnny’s strength and perseverance with this piece. I saw new sides of Johnny that night back in 2014; and I learned that if you have a story to tell, you should tell it. Someone, somewhere will want to hear it. And I think we are learning through the Hamilton Fringe audiences just how eager they are to listen.
As we continue the run of Oasis Love at Theatre Aquarius in the Hamilton Fringe Festival, I think back to how the show has evolved. I had the wonderful fortune of seeing Johnny perform in Pride Cab back in 2014 where pieces of Oasis first emerged. I remember thinking about how it had been quite a long time since I had seen Johnny perform, and the one thing that stood out to me was how at ease Johnny was with telling his story. During that performance, I saw a glimpse of Johnny that I hadn’t seen before as his friend nor as his colleague. We all like to talk about ourselves; share our triumphs and gossip about our faults. Yet it is sometimes hard to talk about things that are near and dear to our hearts, let alone create a show about a very personal experience and perform it night after night. It isn’t easy opening up and sharing intimate moments with strangers; but yet that is one of the highlights of Oasis Love.
So to think of the leaps and bounds the show has made since Pride Cab and the rendition at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre last October, I’d like to thank Franny McCabe-Bennett for believing in this piece and helping Johnny bring it to new heights. Their work together has brought finesse to this humorous and heartbreaking show. And seeing this new version for the first time only a couple of days ago, I was so proud of the storytelling and musicianship Johnny conveys on stage. He performs the best of both worlds. I hope he is proud of the work he has put into this project. It’s been our big baby for the past year and a bit, and now it feels as though that baby is taking it’s first steps.
*Oasis Love is on stage at Theatre Aquarius from July 14-24, 2016. To buy tickets please visit the following website.