Chris’s Event Journal

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Tuesday August 6, 2013 / 7:30pm
One Night With Janis Joplin
2 tickets

How was your experience?

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Absolutely powerful, fun, rocking performance. Mary Bridget Davies IS Janice Joplin, bringing us into an up-close and personal fan experience, as if we were all in a mid-size rock club, living the moment. She is powerful, full of fun and spirit, adrenaline, tenderness, vulnerability and kick-ass attitude, and THAT VOICE! How does she do it? Randy Johnson create, wrote, and directed this seamless work, weaving in Joplin's musical infuences, from Bessie Smith and Aretha Franklin, to Nina Simone, all channeled by the fabulous Kim Yarbrough. The rest of the cast was strong, and, or course, the band. There was so much love and adrenaline. GREAT experience. --- The only demerit (one star lacking) came from some extremely disruptive audience members. We had a trio of skanky, hostile females in the last row, who would disrespect the cast and the audience members by their loud talking, picking fights with seating neighbors, and making a sorry spectacle of themselves. This was beyond the capacity of the ushers. The house manager re-seated some nearby audience members at intermission. Sadly, though, the terrible three were not thrown out and continued their demonstrative, hostile "enjoyment." Leaving the theatre, they declared loudly how they "didn't care" what others thought. Exactly. Selfish to the max.

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