I fell in love last night, got my heart broken, gave a standing ovation and ate a cookie to make it all better (not necessarily in that order). I very rarely give standing ovations. It's something I reserve for very special shows. Countries Shaped Like Stars is such a show. It's been a long time since I've seen a show that is so moving, so honest, and so beautiful. It made me believe in magic. It made me believe that years and years ago countries really were shaped like stars and anticipation did grow on trees... All love stories should come with tin can telephones.
It also reminded me of why I wanted to be an artist in the first place. I was so blown away by this show that I needed a moment to compose myself before doing a preview pitch for No Exit Upstage at the beer tent. I hadn't left and perhaps didn't want to leave their little peninsula, just yet.
Emily Pearlman and Nick Di Gaetano are a powerhouse of talent and creativity. Ottawa is lucky to have them.
I leave you with Countries Shaped Like Stars.