2013 Encore Shows: TEXAS LOVES LYLA!

comedy · combined artform/theatre asylum · Ages 12+ · family friendly · one person show · United States

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Review by WAYNE LAWSON
June 24, 2013

My overall impression

I already knew that I wanted to see the fan-favorite (Best One Person Show) from 2012 Fringe, “Texas Love Lyla.”

Upon her haggard entrance in the drag queen’s version of a fright wig, a wig in curlers, it is not long before we realize Lyla not only will bring us into her backyard, she’ll bring us into her heart.

Looking like a Hollywood stylist put her together, Lyla doles out sage advice for her live streaming and radio followers from a well made indoor outdoors (sets by the creative and crafty Bill Cole.) You can immediately feel the sincerity within her jovial demeanor, quick wit and master of the modern ba-doom ching! And all the while she’s expertly blending a sense of wonder about life with a twinkle in her eye.

It isn’t long before we’re taken on ride with Lyla, though she’s controlling the coaster, she makes us feel as if she’s riding it with us. After some good belly laughs and biting wit Lyla becomes vulnerable. She reveals regret, remorse and real sadness about a time in her life. She makes us care.

It wouldn’t be fair to disclose exactly where the ride ends up and I assure you it isn’t where you ever imagined.

See this show.

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