The Women of The Hat...a duet for one

dance & physical theatre · leap in the dark productions · Ages 12+ · United States of America

one person show
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PASQUALE MOSCATELLO certified reviewer June 22, 2015
This dynamic one person many character show pays tribute to the world of Jules Fieffer(sp). Melissa is a force to be reckoned with. She takes us on a journey that reconstructs a world of images, sounds, and fluid movements that conjure up the emotional journey of a Dancer who dreams the impossible... and achieves her dream through hard work hard times dumb luck and damn good dancing...The space is small and intimate... Melissa's focus and power draw you in close enough to feel like you're part of the journey and not just an audience member. Welcome to the world of A Woman of the Hat... ... full review
BELLA MERLIN uncertified reviewer June 21, 2015
tagged as: intriguing · beguiling
Melissa is beguiling. This is a dreamlike piece in many ways - in its use of costume, props, music, set and movement. Woven with (what I took to be) autobiography, there is also an 'other worldly' quality that quietly transports you. I came away pleasantly wistful...Playing this last week in the Festival, go and be allured by the music, movement and the magic of Melissa.... full review
LAURA CARSON certified reviewer June 22, 2015
tagged as: graceful · dynamic · poignant · fluid · gorgeous
I really enjoyed watching Melissa's strong and beautiful dancer's body tell the story of Rose and Ruth. She's so articulate, precise and fluid, subtle and bold as she tells the tale of reaching her Chorus Line dream only to be heartbroken with loss. Her staging is creative and dynamic. Onstage costume changes, miniature tea sets, a chair that sees a lot of "action," red, red cloth and of course, that hat. Lovely show!!! Go see it!! ... full review
CRESCENT ORPELLI certified reviewer June 23, 2015
tagged as: One Woman Show
Loved the performance. Engaging poignant smart moving sexy. Great writing and choreography. Will never forget the chair dance and the way music was used as dialogue.... full review
NICOLE LOREY uncertified reviewer July 01, 2015
The Women of the Hat is absolutely incredible. I could watch it 100 times and walk away completely moved every single time. Why? Because Melissa Randel is radiant, mesmerizing and awe-inspirng in her portrayal of Rose and Ruth, two deeply layered characters who dance and charm and connect with every last member of the audience. None of this description is hyperbole. Melissa is a phenom, truly. ... full review