Steve Futterman’s Event Journal

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Friday June 28, 2013 / 2:00pm
One Night With Janis Joplin
2 tickets
Assigned at Box Office

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A truly jaw-dropping event. Most shows have one star and, if it's lucky, a single show-stopping number. This show has two stars and perhaps 6 show stoppers!!! The Arena Stage is a relatively small venue and the stage is close to the seats. The audience was made up of, primarily, white boomers (age 60+). It was not an easy task to bring this crowd (me included) out of their seats, but Mary Bridget Davies and Sabrina Elayne Carten did so in just a few minutes. Davies not only sang like Joplin, but seemed to crawl into her being, her mannerisms, tics, accent---she became Joplin for the evening. And Carten!! What a revelation! She smoothly became every black blues singer that Davies/Joplin called upon. And what chops! Un-freakin' believable! Reviewers have criticized the dialogue for what it included as well as what was omitted. Point taken...but in the end, it mattered little. There are not too many shows where you walk out exhausted and elated--this was one. The show is moving to New York. These two women are on the verge of well-earned stardom and ticket prices may never be this low again. I can only say to those reading this-------DO NOT MISS ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN!!!!! I only hope that the 25-50 age bracket and the African-American community discover this show. Joplin was not just a "white chick singing the blues", she was a truly great blues singer! Mary Bridget Davies, Sabrina Elayne Carten and creator Randy Johnson have brought Janis back for, what I, for one, hope is a long, long exciting, exhilarating journey. I would give it 6 stars if I could. Steve Futterman