No Moral Compass

Trish Parry in No Moral Compass takes us on a wild ride through her childhood, all while wearing a garish green tutu.

Parry has a fantastic presence on stage. She tells us stories from her younger years, starting from a beauty pageant at the age of 6, to advocating Marilyn Manson’s music in an English essay as a teen, all weaved seamlessly together with a nostalgic soundtrack and pictures of her younger self as visual aid.

No Moral Compass explores Parry’s childhood with endless energy. Parry talks through her experiences as a military brat, moving around a lot as a child throughout first Japan and then America. She muses with the audience about how if discovering her dad’s porn collection as a child influenced her sexuality as an adult, and if her reading occult books at a young age caused her to abandon Christianity for Satanism and a goth aesthetic as a teenager. The show is broken up with readings from “the Book of Trish” which include things like poems, short stories, and an excerpt from her teenage self’s 30-page dark fiction that, at the time, landed her in a therapy group for wayward teens.

Parry is genuine and enjoyable to watch. She’s charming, down to earth, and her enthusiasm for performing draws the crowd in and makes us comfortable – even as she talks about satanic books and niche kinks. She is frank and unapologetic, and impossible not to like.

★★★