“Body Language” is one that we can all understand.

“Body Language,” the creation of Stacy Sims’ True Body Project, takes the audience on a journey.


It begins with a scientist in typical white lab coat and horn rimmed glasses, descending the stairs of the School for Creative and Performing Arts to share her wisdom, wit, and humor with the crowd gathered below. The entire audience is then moved upstairs and through the twisting hallways for a series of dramatic lessons in the mind/body connection.

“Body Language” is a critical examination into the way we (particularly women) perceive ourselves and our bodies, and how that perception is affected by outside influences and expectations. This is not your run-of-the-mill “Tell yourself you’re beautiful everyday!” article in some magazine with an adjective for a title. This is a living work, a beautifully crafted study of human loathing and longing. The cast nails every moment with verve and panache, brilliantly led by Julianna Bloodgood (who is also involved in two other Fringe shows, one of which she had to dash off to the moment the performance ended).

“Body Language” is the culmination of extensive research conducted by True Body Project right here in Cincinnati. Armed with an arsenal of experiences shared by real Cincinnati girls and women, Sims and her team built what has become “Body Language.”

The beautifully woven experience is perfectly suited for the backdrop of SCPA. The building is over 100 years old, and when it’s nearly empty, it gives off a very creepy, very raw vibe which serves to enhance the levity of the message being presented.

Sims has knocked this one out of the park. There is quite a bit of standing, so that’s something to consider if you’re a person who doesn’t handle that well. But there are opportunities to sit and take in what is being put before you, as well, so don’t let that be a deterrent if you don’t have to.