Alexandra Kronz and Cassandra Leon, two fantastic young performers, have crafted an excellent pair of seriocomic solo shows in Fat Chance! and Regresando. Coupled together, the two performances see both actresses take on a range of characters, personalities, and movements. They impressively explore dance, lineage, intrusive smart phone apps, colonialism, and body shaming- all in an hour!
The first of these, Fat Chance!, sees Kronz exploring insidious, generational body stigmas attached to competitive dance. Jumping impressively between characters both young and old, she paints an intuitive portrait of the way those stigmas are passed down and deeply affect performers of all ages. Coupled with Kronz’s excellent dance skills, the show is a brief but powerful showcase.
The second piece, Regresando, is an equally probing evaluation of performer Leon’s relationship with her mother, the Spanish language, and her identity as a U.S. citizen and product of devastating colonial practices. In practice, this mostly occurs as she argues with hilariously personified language and ancestry apps as Leon searches for a suitable answer to what makes her the way she is.
The two shows compliment each other well as acting showcases. Furthermore, the shows possess well-considered thematic similarities surrounding identity and oppression. Fat Chance! and Regresando is all-around a solid piece of work from the We Are Here! Festival.
Fat Chance! and Regresando is currently running at 18th and Union. For tickets and more information, go to https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pe.c/10363248.