Carissa Cordes · August 15, 2010
"Girlpower: Survival of the Fittest is one of the most unique FringeNYC 2010 offerings I've found so far. It is brought to the festival by the Project Girl Performance Collective and Co-Op Theatre East. ......"deeply personal material based on real interviews and experiences" about "issues they face growing up in today's world." The performers devised and created all the pieces presented in Girlpower. However this is not a show about self-pity, indulgence, or attention-seeking. This is an honest with no apologies show that takes issues girls struggle with every day, from body image and bullies to rape and absent fathers. The girls use these subjects and transform them into a theatrical experience using song, dance, poetry and rhyme, storytelling, and some humor. The girls bond onstage, have fun, and present themselves as a confident and supporting ensemble.
"For myself I found a few of the pieces especially striking. I laughed in camaraderie at "Diet Song" by Camille Theobald. Emily Rupp's "Beds" is disturbing and heartbreaking, but I felt so proud the girls in the stories (played by Emily Rupp, Camille Theobald, and Katherine Scott) follow through to justice against their rapists."