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My Big Fat Blonde Musical

neon watching day productions · Ages 14+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by MICHAEL GORDON SHAPIRO

June 04, 2016

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Miss Stroll takes the well-explored genre of the struggles-in-Hollywood autobiography and infuses it with playful energy, deft character impressions, and enough sincerity to keep the piece grounded. Far from a self-indulgent monologue, the show is truly a performance, with sly comedic songs about the vagaries of Hollywood, artful use of visuals, and a whirlwind of well-choreographed stage antics. Of particular note are Ms. Stroll’s enactment of supporting characters in her story, such as a fat-shaming agent and vapid personal trainer. (Her portrayals are so vivid that I briefly developed a false memory of additional actors on stage.) The story’s details will resonate most strongly with actors going through similar struggles, but they’re presented in a way that’s inclusive to a wider audience, without excessive in-jokes. But the biggest payoff for the audience is the abundance of writing, performing, and composing talent on display here, and the joyful energy of their delivery.

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