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My Darling Josephine

musicals and operas · westside original works · Ages 21+ · family friendly · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by JOHN BALTZ

June 20, 2015

My overall impression

The show was an exciting, fun, hilarious ride. The play itself is a brilliant take on life in the theatre during the tumultuous times of the Wild West. You didn’t need to know the specifics of the true events it is loosely based on to get that it must have been Challenging during all of that. The nuances throughout the play within the play touching on larger issues are really quite brilliant. Barrett Rimington expressing his urgency that the “show must go on” even with the life or death events taking place right outside illustrate the plight of the artist through time. As with any artistic venture it is misunderstood by the narrow self interested minds in particular sheriff Johnny Behan, who sees it nothing more than an angle to make money and get in the pants of the actresses. As it unfolds you begin to realize that talent can lurk in the darnedest of places, most everyone has an angle they are playing no matter how good there intentions, and things are never quite what they seem.
There are real moments of genius throughout the show, amazing performances throughout make it hard to believe that this type of talent is out there still largely undiscovered…I’m certain that won’t be true for long, catch it while you can!

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