Doreen Oliver - Everything is fine until it's not - ONE-WOMAN SHOWWritten, produced and performed by DOREEN OLIVER
Directed by JANEECE FREEMAN CLARK

EVERYTHING IS FINE UNTIL IT’S NOT is a funny, heartfelt one-woman show about Doreen, a workaholic film producer whose life goes off-script after her son is diagnosed with autism. As she tries everything the experts advise to help her young son become more “normal,” she seeks strength from her mother and aunts, a funny, irrepressible crew of old-school African-American matriarchs born and raised in Newark, NJ. Doreen abandons her career and focuses all of her attention on her son, who, despite her efforts, is not progressing the way she hoped. Under the loving yet scrutinizing eye of her mother, Doreen feels like she’s failing her child in the one job that matters most. A funny yet honest look at how we try to change the people that matter most to us, and how we cope when we realize we can’t. (And there’s singing!)

EVERYTHING IS FINE UNTIL IT’S NOT explores the relationship between mothers and their children, and the ability to accept those you love, even if they’re not what you expected.

 

REVIEWS

 

Doreen Oliver - Writer, Producer, Performer“Oliver singlehandedly brings to life nail-biting dramatic and tense domestic moments….The show tells a touching story with humor, at times bursting with the hard-hitting nature of reality.”
– The New York Amsterdam News

“A fresh and eye-opening look at what it’s like to raise an autistic child…Oliver has keen insights…and paints a painful yet beautiful picture of the challenges that she and her son face daily….She radiates bravery and compassion, both as a performer and as a mother. I would happily have stayed beyond the one-hour running time just to hear her sing…and learn more about how she and her inexplicably special Xavier experience the world.”
Time Out New York, 4-star review

“Oliver imbues the day to day experiences of motherhood with enough emotion and storytelling to make them riveting….While one might expect a story about motherhood and the challenges of autism to be overly sentimental and preachy, this production is rather an honest, heartfelt tale about family, love, and motherhood that anyone might relate to.” Theatre Is Easy (Best of Fringe 2016)

“Oliver takes the audience through a myriad of emotions and at times you completely forget that there is only one woman on that stage.” – NBCNews.com 

 

AUDIENCE & INDUSTRY PRAISE

 

Doreen Oliver - Writer, Producer, Performer” ‘Everything Is Fine Until It’s Not’ left me breathless. Doreen Oliver’s eloquence as a writer is matched by her power as a performer.”
– Brian Kates, Emmy-Award winning film editor

“Beautiful, valuable work…spoke incisively about a more universal truth of parenting, and of mothering in particular: you can never know that you are actually doing everything right! Very moving, insightful and lasting. ”
– Carson Gleberman, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder and Bright Star

“It might be sold out now but if you can still get a ticket, man, do it. And if you miss it, keep an eye out for whatever Doreen Oliver does next.”
– author Pamela Erens, Eleven Hours and The Virgins

 

Doreen Oliver - Writer, Producer, Performer

“Phenomenal, heart-wrenching and life-affirming. Doreen’s performance stays with you long after the curtain wraps.”
– Alicia Quarles, TV personality and entertainment journalist

“One of the most phenomenal and real portraits of my life as a mother of a child living with autism through the eyes of an amazing woman….Her brilliant performance had me crying, laughing, shaking my head and saying ‘I heard that!’ too….A definite must see for all.”
– Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, Founder of Nassan’s Place, an organization for families with children with autism in NJ

“A beautiful, profound, amazing one-woman show that blew me – and everyone in the audience – away!”
– New York Times bestseller Susan Shapiro, author of Unhooked & What’s Never Said

Production Stills: Kali Fields Williams

Logo Design: Mia Song

 

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