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Ellouise Schoettler Pushing Boundaries

By • Jul 13th, 2010 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
Pushing Boundaries
Ellouise Schoettler
Goethe Mainstage
Through July 24th
75 minutes
Reviewed July 9, 2010

The Official Description: 1950s “I Love Lucy” housewife morphs into a national ERA activist. Belly-flopping into a sea of change, she finds her voice. Laugh with Ellouise as she shares her unlikely, but true, story. Behind-the-scenes peek at 1970s women’s history. Bonus: Q&A.

What You’ll Like: Ellouise Schoettler is a strong woman, appearing to be a typical grandmother. But her stories of growing up in the 50’s, going to college to earn her Mrs., and her transformation into a radical liberal in the 60’s are enthralling. To me, the ERA is something mentioned in passing in a high school history class. Ms. Schoettler’s memories of the time, her fears and insecurities, and the uphill battle that she helped wage is definitely a story that should be heard.

The performance I attended was cut short by a fire alarm requiring the venue to be evacuated, but standing outside afterwards, Ms. Schoettler took the time to chat with each person who didn’t immediately disappear into the crowds.

What You Won’t: If you aren’t a political history bug, you won’t enjoy this show. But there is a little bit for everyone. Ask your mother about the 1960s and 70s if you don’t remember that time period. I guarantee you’ll have a good talk.

Overall: An interesting presentation, not the usual Fringe fare.

Disclaimer: Capital Fringe provided a complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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  1. Ellouise has a variety of other stories posted on her page at Take a look at her story of “My New Driver’s License.” I think it’s easy to forget that not that long ago, the equality of women was kinda giggled at. She’s doing a service to folks in remembering that change does not come easy to a society and that somebody’s got to lead the way.
    Thanks for posting a review of her work.