HOLLYWOODN'T

solo performance · rocking treehouse productions · Ages 17+ · one person show · United States of America

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Review by CHRISTINE DEITNER

June 09, 2019 thetheatretimes.com [https://thetheatretimes.com/]

What I liked

The video exchanges between Ms. Verlo’s younger self and the men that shaped her experiences as a young women are very effective and her impressions are solid.

What I didn't like

The opening song feels like a misfire in that it seems to set us up for a different kind of show totally than the one we get to experience.

My overall impression

As one might expect from any piece that explores what it means to be a young actress in Hollywood there are some salacious stories shared here but all of them only serve to illustrate what it must have felt like to be the subject of these misadventures and we only learn the names of two out of the three [let’s just call them] culprits in final moments that underscore just how overdue change really is in the entertainment industry. Throughout, Ms. Verlo shape shifts into different characters and makes great use of Barbie and Ken in videos that complete the experience and highlight the funnier beats. She successfully poses questions about the way we assess and label female sexuality by examining her own experiences and yes, digs a little bit of dirt that feels quite justified.

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