Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 40 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website




 

 
 

 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
to Section One | to Arts & Entertainment
posted Friday, March 21 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 12
Girl You Know It's True is a very fun evening
Arts & Entertainment
ALL STORIES
  next story
Girl You Know It's True is a very fun evening

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

GIRL YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE
THEATRE OFF JACKSON
Through April 5


WARNING: If you see this show, Milli Vanilli songs WILL get stuck in your head! Especially if you grew up with them! The Stay Up Late Show and Theatre Off Jackson are co-producing Girl You Know It's True by Bixby Elliot. If you've seen Milli Vanilli, Rob and Fab will make you die laughing. If you have never seen them, this production will introduce you to why it's so funny that they are intertwined in this play.

The play focuses on a playwright (suspiciously named Bixby) trying desperately to get some recognition for his writing and his husband who really thinks the writing is a 'hobby' but doesn't want to hurt Bixby's feelings. Bixby gets desperate enough that he starts submitting his work with different personas, and the one of Sid, an African-American Lesbian, gets the attention from a prominent New York company that Bixby has been craving.

So Bixby hires an African-American actress to play the part of his alter-ego playwright Sid to meet the theater-folk and get him the contract. She is so successful at the charade that her own ego gets involved and she thinks she can write the next play herself!

It's very easy to understand that frustration. (An award-winning movie encapsulates that same idea. Tootsie walks very similar pathways toward lying to get ahead and what happens when it actually works.)

The production here is very fun, with some major talent, though the script is a bit over-written and a good slimming spa treatment would do it a world of good.

Along with the basic story, we get the real history of Milli Vanilli, from their unmasking, backward through their winning of the Grammy, back to how they started lip-syncing songs in the first place. Andrew Lee Creech and Corey Spruill do fantastic work as the duo, though Creech (Rob) gets the most personality. They are called upon to recreate period choreography (with help from Diana Cardiff) to great effect. And are costumed outrageously well by Scarlett O'Hairdye.

Just to hammer home the point, various frauds are introduced, like Christophe Rocancourt, who claimed to be a Rockefeller and scammed his way into millions of dollars, Laura Albert who wrote as a man (JT LeRoy) and was sued for signing her pen name to a contract, and the celebrated jazz musician Billy Tipton (Dorothy Lucille Tipton). Barbi Beckett, back on stage, thankfully, after a hiatus to 'produce people,' gets the job of portraying multiple characters who are not as they seem.

The strong cast is headed by Ian Bell, who plays the somewhat hapless Bixby with Andrew Tasakos as his almost-caring husband. Rebecca M. Davis plays the down-on-her-luck actress who lets success go to her head. Josh List and Daniel Christensen do some hilarious work as various characters and Michael Blaylock and Scott Shoemaker have an unfortunate role that wastes their time and confuses the ending. Many of these fine folks work with Ian and his Brown Derby movie spoofs.

A terrific minimalist set by Robin Macartney takes curtains to a whole new level of utility. Burlap with a few pops of color and we can go around the world. Sound support by Ed Hawkins and lights by Patti West provide the rest of the transformations. Directing honors are also by Ed Hawkins.

The overall effect, especially with interludes about Milli Vanilli, is a very fun evening. You might want to avail yourself of the specialized drinks they've prepared at TOJ to make it even funnier. They can help you forget that the script is heavy-handed, and maybe encourage you to just sing along.

For more information, go to www.theatreoffjackson.org or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/518052 or call 800-838-3006. Discuss your opinions with sgncritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

A dollop of LaCreme: Seattle drag star on the brink of national fame
------------------------------
Long live The Lion King!
------------------------------
'Director's Choice' a celebration of dance and movement
------------------------------
Girl You Know It's True is a very fun evening
------------------------------
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater coming to town in April - Dancers Antonio and Kirven Douthit-Boyd discuss getting married
------------------------------
Two for one: Karmin is pop music's hottest duo
------------------------------
A swim in 4-channel Gabrieli
------------------------------
Reno-Tahoe offers a great escape with a diverse array of amenities
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
Northwest News
------------------------------
LETTERS
------------------------------

------------------------------
Kermit & Company make a Most Wanted return
------------------------------
Dystopian Divergent boldly goes in a familiar direction
------------------------------
Anderson's Budapest Hotel a comedic masterwork
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml

Seattle Gay News - SGN
1605 12 Ave., Ste. 31
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone 206-324-4297
Fax 206-322-7188

email: sgn2@sgn.org
website suggestions: web@sgn.org

copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2013

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News