WOW – after only 14 performances in all, we have gotten some INCREDIBLE press! Here are just a few of the lovely things said about this show!
Leah Bradford-Smart, PLANK magazine
Sept 13, 2012
When I first read the flyer I thought that a life changing on the flip of a dime story would be a morose journey fueled by emotion and probably unashamedly highlighting a few taboo subjects along the way. So as I settled in for what I thought would be a less than humorous play, you can imagine my surprise when the stage erupted with the charismatic and charming Megan Phillips. Watch out – she performs a one-woman all singing all dancing upbeat and funky rendition of how a spilt second changed her life! I speak about her as if she was the character because she had such a firm grip of this character it could be her. However, I do not know if this is her story and I hope it is not as I do not want to take away from her character development. How a first impression can throw you in the wrong direction!
I was also a little pensive about the fact it was a one-person show, I have seen my fair share of slightly awkward one-handers and they are not good. But this is not one to worry about, Phillips handles the text, songs and dance with the professionalism and ease of a natural performer in her element, the time flies by and you are left wondering “What happens next?” I wanted to know more and I didn’t want it to end… not because there was a major cliff-hanger but simply because I was just having such a good time (as was the rest of the audience). Such a shame it wasn’t longer!
Overall, it’s a great story excellently told. What could have been a lengthy diatribe about how terrible the world is was actually a joy to watch and listen too. Excellent characterisation and an engaging performer who had the audience rapt from the opening number! We laughed, cheered and rooted her along for the entire show. I don’t want to spoil the story, I want you to go and see it!
See this show and spread the word!
By Kevin Reid, Visitorium Theatre Blog (http://www.visitorium.wordpress.com)
– BREAKING VELOCITY by Megan Phillips, at the Tarragon Solo Room. A one woman autobiographical musical (and there’s a sentence I’ve never written before) following Megan’s dream of being a musical theatre/dance star, and through the traffic accident that changed everything. It sounds trite, but I suppose all the good stories do when you boil them down. A clearly heartfelt story with a solid performance and some perfectly lovely character work from star Megan, as well as several good to memorable song and dance bits…her inspirational visitation by a sequined gospel singer is an easy highlight of the show. A pretty impressive outing from the obviously talented Phillips…glad she’s still dancing.
By Doug Sheppard (@sirilyan on twitter)
Breaking Velocity: One-woman musical. Great lyrics, plus a chameleonic ability to disappear into the other characters. 9/10 #FringeTO
In the solo musical Breaking Velocity, creator and star Megan Phillips has made it through a life-altering experience and all the way from Vancouver to the stage of Toronto Fringe.
Over the course of 50-minutes, the one-woman show tracks the ups and downs of this wannabe triple threat’s lifelong dream to become a Broadway star. With Atlantic-bridging vignettes a la Song and Dance, sans love situations, Phillips recreates the journey that started in childhood but comes to an abrupt halt as she’s about to reach for the golden ring.
More precisely, at the end of her studies at a prestigious drama school in England, and just as she’s preparing to nail a role in Cabaret, Phillips is hit by a car. Her ankle, and ultimately her life and dreams, seem irrevocably smashed.
“Breaking Velocity is about… heading really fast in one direction when something else intervenes and there’s a huge shift. Whether that’s a physical accident or an emotional break-up or a death, it’s a really universal theme,” says Phillips in a press release.
I couldn’t agree more. Most of the audience most likely noted aha moments they could relate to. Packing your bags and finally setting out on the path you’ve always wanted to follow; experiencing a life event that makes you think life’s not worth living; circling amongst people completely out of touch with who you are.
But if we’re fortunate like Phillips, we’re able to use art to explore our experiences, heal and make ourselves whole again.
Clearly the actress has come a long way since her 2006 accident, and has a beautiful voice and personable acting style.
In some of the most compelling, albeit too-short scenes, Phillips steps out of her own persona to play other heavily-accented Brits, including a paramedic and a drama teacher. With more of that distance from the personally painful, Breaking Velocity might prove to be even more painfully real for the rest of us.
As it was, I had the feeling I had stepped into Phillips’ living room, and was watching a performance that was making out as if it had made it, well, all the way.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that. “Growth can come from destruction” is, after all, the play’s tagline.
Except that this was neither Broadway nor London’s West End. But for Megan Phillips, belting out her Breaking Velocity version of Wicked’s Defying Gravity at Toronto Fringe was everything.
The connection to the hit Broadway musical also brought a wonderful understanding to the title of her play. It’ll be interesting to see what Phillips does next.
Jo Ledingham, Vancouver Courier
Megan Phillips discovered, in a few short but painful years, what most of us take a lifetime to learn: “The path I planned is not the path on which I stand.” Sometimes the path is better than planned, sometimes not as good but it’s almost always different. Phillips learned it the hard way: while studying musical theatre in London, England, she was hit by a car on her way to rehearsal. The ankle was broken but worse, degenerative osteoarthritis had set in-not exactly finishing her career (as Breaking Velocity proves) but definitely causing a time-out. Phillips is a warm, generous and brave performer. Breaking Velocity refers, I think, to “escape velocity,” a term in physics that refers to breaking free from a gravitational field. In Phillips’ case, it means leaving behind the “poor me/why me?” syndrome and moving on. She sings, she dances-not the way she dreamed of dancing but she is dancing. And while it’s not the Broadway stage, she brings enthusiasm, a winning smile and good advice to Studio 1398.
Can’t wait to take this show to NYC in July of 2013!
Love, Megan and the Breaking Velocity crew 🙂