Doing Bernice

solo performance · eileen weiner · United States of America

one person show
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June 15, 2015 certified reviewer
tagged as: solo performer · music · bravura

My overall impression

This is one helluva lady! Eileen Weiner has written the piece, based on the demise of her mother with other autobiography drawn in, as well as 9 songs for which she has also played the piano. The highlight of this performance is the wit of the lyrics and the searing melodies. Very much in the manner of Tom Lehrer. I just wished she’d had a director (I couldn’t see the name of one on the program…) It’s just so hard directing yourself in a one person show, and a little more shaping – scenically and narratively – would have helped no end.

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