Almost a Stepmom

Almost a Stepmom

Written and Performed by Keara Barnes

Directed by Michael David Stewart


A darkly comic tale about the ups and downs of becoming a stepmother.
This award winning solo show toured to critical acclaim across Western Canada from 2015-2017, and was most recently adapted into a short film, to be released in 2021. 


“It is talent that makes Almost a Stepmom a delight from beginning to end(Winnipeg Fringe Review)

“If this show isn’t already on your Fringe list, make room for it” (The Marble Victoria)

Gorgeous performance” (Two Cents Two Pence)

“Barnes is a very charismatic performer, a terrifically engaging storyteller, and I expect we will see and hear more from her” (Jo Ledingham)

“Her tale is honest and engaging. Barnes has you in the palm of her hand the minute she opens her mouth” (Jenna Shummoogum)

“Her story is compelling and the storytelling funny, dramatic and sympathetic” (Vancouver Sun)

“Keara Barnes has a stage presence like none I have ever seen(The Marble Victoria)

It is easy to forget you are watching one woman. It is the antithesis of the solo chess match portrayal I imagine lesser performers would play.” (Two Cents Two Pence)

“A win-win– a good way to describe Keara Barnes” (Winnipeg Fringe Review)

“Barnes has a remarkable physical and vocal presence on stage and she shifts easily between disparate characters, employing a spot-on Irish accent” (CBC)

“She is one vivacious young woman and a born storyteller(Calgary Herald) 

“Almost a Stepmom is a powerful look at a life that could have been. It’s also a show that you don’t want to miss. (James Hutchison)


Jo Ledingham

Winnipeg Fringe Exchange


Vancouver Sun 

Two Cents Two Pence

CVV Magazine 

Marble Victoria

Janis La Couvee 

Downtown Victoria 

Calgary Herald 

Jenna Shummoogum 

James Hutchison 


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