Although The Six Million Dollar Kid touches on some profound universal themes such as displacement, the deferment of childhood dreams and discovering your voice...it truly was an example and perspective I have not witnessed on stage before. Without ever shying away from the reality of child sexual abuse, this show guides the audience through the view point of both a tormented refugee child and a vindicated pro-active adult, while avoiding the need to delve into graphic detail or vulgar compensation. With honesty and courage, combined masterfully with compassion, wit, humour and charisma, I was absorbed and engaged from start to finish.
I was left feeling empowered and hopeful, even though I had been moved by layers of sadness and anger during the performance. As a man, in particular of Iranian decent, to be speaking out is powerful beyond the scope of my review but I would say it marked my calendar as a day some light was shone into a very dark corner of our human story.
In a world filled with hashtags and slogans, getting an insider view of this nature is powerful in our global fight against sexual violence and protecting vulnerable populations. I would encourage educational institutions, social services and religious communities to watch The Six Million Dollar Kid. The nuances and hidden dangers of a society or culture that places value on “but he is such a nice man” over justice and truthfulness can not be missed.
Most of all, if only one person in the audience sees themselves reflected back and connects with the personal empowerment conveyed, it would be priceless. Although my guess is there are far more than “only one” in any audience, anywhere.