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Fringe Review: Destiny, USA

By Samara Caplan on June 16, 2019

Destiny, USA
by Laura Anne Harris
60min / PG / Storytelling / Comedy / Drama

It’s election night 2016 and we turn on the TV with bated breath and wait to see the first female president announced. Turns out things don’t go as planned and Laura, who is moving to Syracuse, New York with her husband just got hit with an entire new reality of life in America.

Although Destiny, USA comes off as a funny political drama, it is actually a story about a very specific time in playwright Lara Anne Harris’s life. After moving to New York with her husband so he can go to grad school, Laura gets a job as a phone operator that provides over-the-phone communication for people who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The run of shows has been created to be more accessible, with closed captioning and ASL video running throughout the entirety of the performance. The show also includes three deaf actors visually bringing to life some of the experiences and stories of the calls Laura manages.

Destiny, USA is a show not to be missed.

Laura’s job takes up a lot of her time, puts a strain on her relationships and is often exhausting. But what both the audience and Laura learn from her time as an operator, is the true humanity that exists within people. As she struggles through her own life challenges that are often mimicked in the stories of the customers she works with, Laura is able to see all that is wrong in the world but also all that is right.

Running through a series of calls, Laura has to manage where she has to repeat verbatim (that’s right verbatim) word-for-word conversations between couples, job interviews and customer support often leads to some hilarious results.

A surprisingly emotional and impactful show—Destiny, USA will take you somewhere you didn’t expect. With wit and timing, emotional ups and downs and a lesson on how we can all work towards making the world a better place Destiny, USA is a show not to be missed.


Destiny, USA by Laura Anne Harris is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 22, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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