A Play With Myself
SHOW TITLE: A Play With Myself
RUNNING TIME: 1h
VENUE: Ave. Of Clubs (9 Great Jones)
AIR CONDITIONED: No
RATING (0-4): 1
0 Run, don't walk, away from this disaster
1 Proceed with caution
2 Mild summer fare
3 More than just hype
4 Don't miss this one, its FRINGE-tastic!
"When I was 14, my father accused me of being a whore and a drug addict. I didn't become a whore and a drug addict until I was 19. "
With that opening line, thus begins the one-woman expose of a rock and roll groupie, a grieving daughter, a sex-a-holic, an ignored little girl, a struggling actress, a "Dial-A-Date, a drug addict and a woman deathly afraid of losing her memories like those in her family who preceded her. This is all found in "A Play With Myself."
This play is full of videos, photos, jarring imagery and far more jarring introspection.
It's also a side-line chronicle of one person's "ride" through 80's pop culture--featuring Billy Idol, Howard Stern, Joey Ramone, Nick Cave, Bridget Fonda--some who she claims to have slept with--see the play to find out whom.
Personally, though I appreciate the subject matter and am all about someone spilling their soul for their art...this jumped around a bit too much and left me kind of dizzy at points. I think it could use some restructuring--to tie certain story-lines together more
effectively. It would make the payoff at the end--which really does pay off--more memorable.
Writer/performer is an amazing talent--if not with this, she will find more success in an already fascinating life.