DIVORCE DIARIES

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A one woman show that follows Divorce Diaries creator Michele Traina as a divorced mom who teaches kids with special needs and dates men with special needs. Five years ago, Michele moved back home with her old school Italian parents, her ‘Maleficient in Depends’ Grandmother, and her handicapped dog. Six months in she felt a need to talk about her experience with divorce and made a decision to start telling jokes onstage about what she went through. As she started to work out material, the humor was healing and so was the reaction from the aduience. Learning that so many women (and men) found it not only relatable, but curative, she decided to take the show on the road; performing at venues such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Funny Bone Comedy Club Albany, Zanies Chicago, and Broadway Comedy Club where she performs monthly.

Divorce Diaries is a mix of stand up and improv with chances for the audience to feel good about their divorce, breakup, or yes even their marriage. Audience favorite segments include ‘Michele does her Exes’, where audience memebrs get to meet the infamous cop, coach, and younger guy who all ahd a special place in Michele’s heart even though they didn’t realize they were in a relationship with her. Who Argued it Best: Divorce is all about litigating and aiming to keep it as cordial as possible, not in this game, Michele portrays both sides of the legal side in a 30 second to 1 minute argument based on a topic given to the audience, sometimes she’s joined by an audience member and the audience decides ‘who argued it best’, winner gets a special price, possibly even a retainer waiver.  Throughout the one-woman show, which has been described as doing an “excellent job bringing comedy to what some consider the most difficult time in their lives”, Traina introduces her audiences to a bevy of relatable characters and shines a light on the importance of not allowing one’s Achilles heel to get in the way of happiness. After all, nothing is perfect and we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously; divorced, married, or single.

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