Stage productions never translate well to film because it’s impossible to capture the interaction with and energy that an audience provides. As a movie goer you are never able to participate, only watch from a distance. That being said, if a stage show isn’t captured on film most of us would never get to experience some amazing work, so thanks Mike Closson for turning the camera on Cuckoo Kristina and all her nesting on stage!
The best written one person shows are those that can take a very deep, serious subject matter and intertwine the right amount of humor throughout the production to tell a story and make a point. Kristina has started with the fact that the suicide rate among Asian-American women is higher than other females and interjects her own life and experiences into this while taking time to laugh about the chaos/stress of life. Her use of an overhead projector in the show is unique and brilliantly funny. It’s as if for brief moments she stops to give a lecture and then resumes her performance. Throughout the show she runs to the projector to check her story arc on the damn thing only to find out she is still stuck at the beginning developing the “crisis” (and therefore can’t move the story along). These moments are so funny and yet at that same time she is emphasizing the whole point of her show, namely that there is a crisis among Asian-American women. The way Kristina chooses to conclude her show is an amazing idea that puts a very large, loud period on a very long run-on sentence. Great movie, but I’m quite sure that seeing her perform this live on stage is a must see experience.