Media & Press
In comedy right now, one of the keenest observers and deft storytellers is Shalewa Sharpe. Her stand-up is just so precise and rich in its narrative and color that it captures the absurdities of Shalewa’s world and offers them up so delightfully to the any and all.
So, Shalewa doing a whole solo show, Don’t Reach in the Bag, about working several years at an adult video store is bound to be a riveting, hysterical, marvelously textured performance chock full of unforgettable tales of people’s voyeuristic desires. Oh, and you better bet that there’s a Q&A after the show as, undoubtedly, you’ll have questions.
I’ve seen several solo shows throughout my time as a critic. Some were good at telling stories that required a bit more imagination that what was provided by the stage itself, while others simply felt underwhelming. This show most certainly excels in this test, thanks to Sharpe’s clear talent as both a writer who pays attention to detail, and a performer who tells her stories with both humor and charisma that make it impossible to stop paying attention to each word she says.