Santa Monica Playhouse Presents Unbuttoned: A Man's Musical Search for the Meaning of Love
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The last date listed for Unbuttoned was Wednesday November 3, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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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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We really enjoyed the performance, which we visited the second time. Andreas is a very talented singer, dancer and actor. His humor is very refreshing and the show is well structured.
We think it´s sad that some people feel themselves forced to write such a bad review after leaving the show after 15 minutes. The duration of the show is 1 1/2 hours and develops step by step and is a good opportunity to go out and have fun.
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Extremely well written and directed. Andreas is an amazingly talented singer and dancer who tells his story in the most entertaininly delightful way. He has so much charisma and he is able to completely engage his audience. I totally recommend it!
Quotes & Highlights
- “Unbuttoned has to be one of the warmest, most endearing one-man shows to hit the stage…. well-worth seeing.” --<em>KCRW</em>
- “Beckett exudes mega-sex appeal and gives a fantastically charming, honest performance." --<em>Valley Scene Magazine</em>
From the Bavarian beerhouses of his native Germany to "Manhattan, America," to Hollywood - one day, and one lady, at a time - Andreas Beckett unfurls his heartfelt, candid life story with song and dance under the masterful hands of legendary Mitzie and Ken Welch, writers and composers for The Carol Burnett Show and winners of 14 Emmys.
Beckett performed Unbuttoned at the Whitefire Theatre’s solo series in Sherman Oaks for more than a year, as a benefit at Santa Monica Playhouse in 2009 and at last summer’s Hollywood Fringe Festival where it was named “Best of the Fest” by Les Spindle of BackStage.