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Suicide Me!
SF FRINGE 2009 
AUDIENCE REVIEWS


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Play: Suicide Me!
Reviewer: Adam "Wampus" Davis
5 Stars
A delicate, deftly performed and oddly moving look inside the world of an adolescent puppet.
Luna is a teenage girl whose room is her only escape, her only privacy, her only chance to relax. But her space is invaded by a series of events which rock her world and drive her to seek an end to it all.
Although the puppeteer, Iris Schleuss, doesn't hide herself, after just a few minutes the fact that Luna is just a puppet doesn't factor in to your feelings for her. Her room is like your room, when you were fourteen or so, and her profound relationship with it isn't so different from yours either.
Nor is her reaction to her mother's incessant nagging, her helplessness and hopelessness when she gets a terrible report card, or the despair she falls into when her boyfriend abruptly dumps her.
The illusion is complete, and the spell masterfully cast by Schleuss in the details of Luna's breathing, the way her limbs awkwardly protrude over the edge of her bed... the slightly funky but heartfelt dance steps she puts together when she puts on her headphones... or the way her sobs wrench her when she comes to grips with just how alone she is... how alone.
What's very different about Luna, of course, is that being a puppet she can't choose to end it all in the same way that we can, because she was never alive. Or was she? Is she? And if she is, in some sense, what would it mean for her to not be?
This simple piece of theater stays with you far longer, and at a far deeper level than you could imagine a puppet show doing. Especially such a short show. Within 25 minutes, Schleuss, or is it Luna, manages to get you to think about the choice we have about whether to stay here or not, the relationship between our art and ourselves, and even the question of whether we can live on in our creations.
If you're looking for a reason to love the Fringe Festival, this remarkable, surprising, reverberating little play might just be it.


Play: Suicide Me
Reviewer: Todd Pickering
4 Stars
Iris Schleuss is a one woman puppeteer all the way from Germany! 
Doing a puppet show about suicide! This terse and pithy show packs a lot of wollop in a short time. Ms. Schleuss puppetry is a joy to watch as she completely inhabits her character as she is not hidden or masked herself. There are lots of surprises and truly engaging work. Go see her last show tomorrow!


Play: Suicide Me!
Reviewer: nEO-sURRELAIST agent #1
4 Stars
Moving, short and to the point. Little German puppets messing with my head. Ow. ow. why? shudder....


Play: Suicide Me
Reviewer: Matt
5 Stars
The most wonderful play about suicide you could ever see. It is my favorite of the 11 plays seen so far at the Fringe 2009. 
At only 25 Mins its a great play to see and then have plenty of time to ponder, discuss while being 1st in line to see your next choice this weekend.


Play: Suicide Me 
Reviewer: Christopher Frost
5 Stars
Don't let the title keep you away. The puppeteer exhibits a craft (table puppetry) we don't often (ever?) see in America. This show is clever, the ending is a surprise, and title makes a lot of sense, it turns out. This performance is anything but dark--It's brilliant! See it if you can.


Play: Suicide Me!
Reviewer: Randy Peyser
5 Stars
This is my favorite show. Suicide Me! is brilliant. The best part was that I thought I knew what was going to happen from reading the blurb in the program, but the puppeteer totally had me fooled! Iris Schleuss is adept at her craft. I was in awe as I watched her "breathe life" into an inanimate object. And the story she created had a lot of humor in it. I loved the twists and turns.


Play: Suicide me!
Reviewer: Chad
5 Stars
A very entertaining and charming little play. If you enjoy comedic puppet shows about teen suicide with existentialist undertones, you'll love this show!


Play: Suicide me!
Reviewer: Elsa 
5 Stars
I loved it! I was cheering for Luna in her efforts but wanted her to keep on going...


Play: Suicide me!
Reviewer: Happy
5 Stars
I have been house managing for the past five years & have seen lots of theater... I loved Suicide Me! It's a gem...keeping the viewers' interest from start to finish...& what a finish! It will keep you thinking for days!


Play: Suicide me
Reviewer: Daniel Oliver
5 Stars
Great, ssweet, wonderfull.


Play: Suicide Me!
Reviewer: Craig Kensek
4 Stars
A Puppet, a Pistol, and no Paxil, a Solo Puppetry Play
Or is it a dual performance, featuring Irish Schleuss and her depressed puppet, Luna? An engaging, albeit brief performance. Suicide me! Features a puppet that has a number of negative things occur in a very short a period of time. Will the lights go out on Luna? You’ll have to attend to find out. It takes only a couple of minutes before you don’t see Schleuss manipulating Luna. Oops, the puppet. Suicide Me! Is very dark but quite entertaining. There is humor sprinkled in spots.


Play: Suicide Me!
Reviewer: Reggie B.
5 Stars
Delightful and surprising. this wonderful show kept me guessing all the way to the end. And the best part was that there was a metaphysical message underneath the entertainment asking me to consider who's really in charge of my life! Great fun. Don't miss it!


Play: Suicide Me
Reviewer: Jennifer Lee
5 Stars
Fantastic show, in more ways than one - touching, amusing, emotionally evocative, visually engaging, to name a few. And it was tremendously thought provoking as well. I'm still pondering the many possible interpretations. I enjoyed it on Thursday night, and I'm still enjoying it! Thank you Iris Schleuss!


Play: Suicide Me
Reviewer: jes'fine
So that's two votes for "intriguing" ...which means you're engaged during the performance and leave still pondering what it was that went on. And that's a good thing. At less than 25 minutes ,(and only $7) the piece moves right along even with a minimum of dialogue. And the short length makes it perfect for those 10pm shows. Particularly enticing for anyone interested in the art of puppetry. Well worth seeing ....and pondering

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Play: Suicide Me!
Reviewer: Yvette Bass
5 Stars
This is a truly masterful performance by both puppet and puppeteer. It is full of intense emotions, poignant moment, sadness and laughter. The dialog, in both word and movement between them was captivating. This is an intriguing piece that should not be missed.
San Fancisco Fringe 2009 Award Winner Martin Dockery 
(Best male solo performer) and Iris Schleuss (Best Puppet show)