After covering the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, "Come As You Are" was my top pick for the show I'd like to see again. During the hour-long spoken word production, four women shared their personal stories dealing with identity and acceptance — topics varied from the experience of being a single mother to being the child of immigrant parents — and I left feeling connected to both the performers and the other audience members in a way that I definitely did not expect.
Writers & Books (740 University Avenue) will host an encore performance of "Come As You Are" on Thursday, November 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8. At the end of the performance, audience members will have the opportunity to share their own stories, like they did for the Fringe show. Although I personally did not share a story, it looked like a cathartic experience. Check facebook.com/ComeAsUR2017 for more details and pre-sale ticket information (tickets are also available at the door).