Susan Cummings’ new one-woman show, “Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal Must Be So Boring!” is a funny, spirited, sometimes poignant journey to discovering that her non-“normal” body is beautiful, and that someone else might find her beautiful too.
“Almost everyone I know, from 14 to 84, has a body image issue, even as many of us admit that we really should get over it,” says Cummings, an author and actress who lives in Amherst, MA. “Some don’t like their hair, others, their thighs, their rears. In my case, I felt ashamed of my breasts, or rather the lack thereof. First they were too small. Then I lost one to a mastectomy.”
Cummings’ journey takes her to Central Park and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to art therapy and ballroom dance lessons, to London. A certain green vine turns out to be pivotal. Cummings tells her story with the help of over 12 characters and a bit of music.
“I hope the show nudges and inspires the audience to realize that each of their bodies is uniquely beautiful, that all of our bodies are parts of the beautiful human palette.”
“Adventures in Liking My Looks: ‘Normal’ Must Be So Boring!” runs an hour, approx.