What Would Beyonce Do?!: Comedian Luisa Omielan's Bootylicious Approach to Life
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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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Luisa Omielan did a lovely job - she is a great performer. Both her comedy as well as dramatic segments were extremely well done. Her dramatic autobiographical segments were particularly moving - they made a big emotional impact and I had tears in my eyes. Luisa Omielan will go far.
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- Learn more about the show on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.iloveluisa.com/wwbd/4575947500">Luisa Omielan's website</a>.
- “Boasts a feel good factor so pronounced, they should prescribe it on the NHS.” --<em>Daily Telegraph</em>
- “Genius!” --<em>Grazia</em>
- "... megawatt comedy personality ... " --<em>The Guardian</em>