Genius from a Blue Collar Neighborhood: A Musical Solo Show
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Jamaica, Farewell returns to the Santa Monica Playhouse after successful runs all over the world. Debra Ehrhardt's solo show is based on a mostly true story about her journey to the U.S. from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s of the Manley era. When Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. She decides to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity with the help of this love-struck American. Her way out of Jamaica is blocked by many obstacles: an alcoholic father, a Bible-spouting mother, the price of airfare, and U.S. government suspicions. Nevertheless, she begins a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness becomes blurred as she grows more desperate. When she agrees to smuggle a million dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent becomes her unwitting accomplice. Every part is played by NAACP Award winner Ehrhardt, an actress capable of amazing mimicry. This one-woman caper's got generous dollops of humor, laughter and light. Jamaica, Farewell has been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer. Learn More
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Our high expectations had something to do with the hilarious photo of the middle aged woman with the white hair. The guitar playing and singing were good, but the acting and staging were poor. A girl who looked about thirty told mundane details about an uneventful life. It was sad. A real disappointment on a Friday night with sixteen people in attendance.
Maybe I laughed two or three times in the show, but this was no comedy. The Santa Monica Playhouse is a great little theatre with ambiance. The manager ( I presume) shook each person's hand upon exiting. That was a nice touch and the best part about the night.
Quotes & Highlights
- "The stock elements of Menozzi's show are unexpectedly leavened by undercurrents of pathos and wise melancholy -- a rarity in this kind of one-person effort." --LA Weekly
Genius… is a coming-of-middle-age story for modern times; a hilarious, musical and poignant romp through one woman’s quest for her holy grail, her voice and her happiness.