Self-Help Shelf
by Chelsey Grewar & Shona Grewar
Awkward Cheese Co. - Winnipeg, MB
V.4 - Onstage at Pantages 
"Realizing your authentic self requires a deeper pursuit of self-understanding"
The opening words of a self-help book awakens Maggie, your average bookstore employee, to her inner thoughts and dialogue. Transported to the dream world of her subconscious, she meets all her various personas and tries to figure out what it all means.
This original work questions how we come to be the way we are and how a millennial woman comes to define herself. Is authenticity attainable? Does it even matter?

Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $10

Genre:
Play-Comedy

Audience:
Parental Guidance
Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content
Wed July 18 10:00 PM
Fri July 20 3:45 PM
Sat July 21 9:00 PM
Mon July 23 1:45 PM
Tue July 24 9:00 PM
Thu July 26 12:00 PM
Fri July 27 5:30 PM
Sat July 28 3:30 PM

Self-Help Shelf

Awkward Cheese Co.—Onstage at Pantages

If I’m honest I couldn’t tell whether this show was attempting to break down millennial stereotypes or reinforce them. It seemed to lean into the former towards the end, and then jerked itself back right quick. It was funny more often than it wasn’t, and very nearly got to touching, but I find the performer is much stronger physically than anything else. Those segments were wonderful. The use of stereotypical millennial language quickly became forced and unfunny, and speaking as a millennial I would be hard pressed to find anyone in my immediate circle who speaks like that with any form of consistency. Perhaps it was satire and I didn’t get the message, perhaps it wasn’t and played completely for comedic effect, either way I came out feeling mixed emotions, slightly more negative than positive. It ran 15 minutes shorter than it’s advertised 60, something to take into account when planning.

Arden Pruden