I'm Sorry: How an Apologist Became an Activist

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I'm Sorry: How an Apologist Became An Activist
Photograph: Raven Tryon

Would you commit a crime for a cause you care deeply about? No? Would you at least imagine yourself committing a crime for that cause? That's what Katya Lidsky has done in I'm Sorry, a semi-autobiographical one-woman show in which her character develops from an emotional wreck into a radical animal-rights crusader. The Katya we meet at the start is unhappy and self-loathing; after being assigned to count foam bubbles for a beer-company client, she quits her desk job to commit herself to activism. At the turning point of her metamorphosis, she confronts her dad about animal testing for the cancer treatment that saved his life—the ultimate test of what she describes as her black-and-white worldview. Even audiences that don't share Lidsky's views on this particular subject will still relate to her tale of taking control of one's own life in a cacophonous world. Her fast-paced performance as 16 different characters—including her judgmental, Spanglish-speaking mother and a lovable shelter volunteer—is riveting, especially when she exposes her own vulnerability. Sometimes, words can speak as loudly as actions. (Visit our Fringe Festival page for more reviews, and fringenyc.org for more information.)—Joe DeFranceschi

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