HICK | REVIEWS
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
“But wouldn't it be worse for the world not to know the truth, especially when the truth was so beautiful, so pleasureful, so sweet and charming, so complicated? HICK: A Love Story offers a vision of storytelling not as spotlight-hogging or holding audiences captive but as a generous, compassionate act. A performer shares her truth not just for herself but for you, for the world."
“In HICK: A Love Story, based on the true story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, viewers are sent on a journey of love and discovery, as the two women communicate via letters sent back and forth over the course of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s presidency. A story told by women, about women, HICK unveils the heartwarming (and pleasantly shocking) romance between the two lovebirds... Commanding the stage for most of the performance, Baum channels every ounce of passion, longing, power and poise one would need to guide the audience through this rollercoaster of a romance."
SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN
“Terry Baum's energy is astounding. The perennial political candidate, artist, writer, and performer is currently starring in Hick: A Love Story, a solo show that explores the friendship and love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and journalist Lorena Hickok. The piece is made up of re-imaginings and verbatim orations of the thousands of letters exchanged between the couple during their 30-year communication. When Baum, entirely devoid of pretense, first takes the stage, it is 1932; her character, the passionate but self-deprecatory "Hick," has a crush on the candidate's wife as she covers the campaign for the AP. Baum brilliantly captures Hick's transformation as the First Lady returns her affections, and her anxiety and vulnerability morph into euphoria.”
“Valiant, vivid and valuable.”
“A solo performance full of love, pain and eloquence… Baum is mesmerizing.”
“A real love story like no other …. A compelling one-woman show.”
BAY AREA REPORTER
“Thanks to Baum's strong and inviting performance, we feel we are a party to this intriguing sidebar to history.”
“A tour-de-force. Baum succeeds in presenting a detailed and heartfelt account of the special relationship these two women shared. It is a tender and informative piece, artfully crafted and beautifully executed. This one’s a winner.”
EAST BAY EXPRESS
"Eleanor Roosevelt's great lesbian love affair....Hick: A Love Story is a touching, tender tale about two trailblazing women who loved, admired, and inspired each other throughout their lives.
“Fully captivating, wrought with emotion…Enchanting…Go see “Hick: A Love Story.” You’ll learn a little, laugh a little and maybe even cry a little.
“Like the best biographies, HICK: A LOVE STORY offers us another hero who has been invisible, but was there all along: Lorena Hickok, or Hick……Instead of shocking or scandalizing the audience, Hick's revelations about Eleanor push us further along the path toward accepting our American icons as full human beings.
THEATRE IS EASY
“An honest and revealing one-woman show…Terry Baum's performance as Hickok is exceptionally nuanced. ….HICK: A Love Story celebrates these women’s union, capturing the humor, tension, and pathos that characterized the relationship. The historical record has been corrected.”