"I Wanna Be Evil: The Eartha Kitt Story"

musicals and operas · n/a · Ages 10+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by BEN GUILLORY

June 24, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

Jenelle Lynn Randall is Eartha. Her performance captured the public Eartha the person we knew as an entertainer who prowled & purred & seduced most of us.
Jenelle’s characterization capture the physical Eartha with all the specificity of a artist who has done their homework & study their subject & has the instrument to not only execute a performance but to channel the spirit of someone who always made an enduring impression.

What I didn't like

What was there worked. Jennelle mentioned it’s a work in progress which in the title the Eartha Kitt Story. Although the choices included in the play were wonderful choices & smartly chosen there’s more to her story. What I wanted to see was more of the private Eartha. A glimpse of behind the mask that she created in her adulthood. The reminisces as a child showed some of the impact of abuse, wanted to see what/who inspired her to be an artist & the moment she knew she could & would be one. What did she really fear. Wouldn’t mind hearing her speak about how her work in ‘Anna Lucasta’ (might be her best performance) developed.

My overall impression

An evening with EARTHA -Simply wonderful!!! Couldn’t get enough of HER.
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