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NELL GWYNNE: A DRAMATICK ESSAYE ON ACTING AND PROSTITUTION

solo performance · dr act presents... · Ages 13+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by JUDY TYLER

June 09, 2015 certified reviewer

My overall impression

If you have the chance, do not miss seeing Bella Merlin’s “Nell Gwynne” at the Ruby Theatre. This one-woman show, written and performed by Merlin, is an outstanding production in every sense, and an experience you won’t forget. From the moment “Nell” greets the audience, to her final goodbye, I was utterly captivated by this delightful, funny, and ultimately poignant play. Merlin is dazzling in her ability to capture the culture and ethos (the late 1600’s) when Nell Gwynne lived, and her stunning performance carries you along so thoroughly throughout the play that I totally lost track of time and was surprised when it ended. You will delight in Merlin’s clever double entendres and her whimsical, yet always melodic songs that she deftly incorporated into her superb script. Overall, I have to say that this is one of the very best theater pieces I have seen in a long, long time and again, an opportunity not to be missed!!

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