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Just where one spouse starts and another ends is at the center of this clever, if overly complex, hour. Well, it’s at the left-of-center actually. Taking up the rest of the space is a dark, farcical version of a particular TV sitcom.
Helane Blumfeld is a woman on a mission. Having created a successful career for herself in the business world, most recently as SVP of Omni Channel Creative, she is now rediscovering her passion for performing.
Marshall straddles the ocean with her elegant interpretation of Edith Piaf. She presents Piaf with an American eye and English translations (her own) that are pure poetry. Taking on an icon is one thing, taking on an icon in an adopted country is another.
This is a compelling piece of theatre that does more than tell a story. It offers its heart on its sleeve and asks for a piece of yours. Before you know it, the exchange is made and you are left richer and a bit haunted. You are not quite the same person you were when you arrived. Brava.
I could use extra super adjectives here and there again and again, but really all you need to know is that this is why we have theatre; this is its magic, its lesson, its humanity.
I’ll just say it. I can’t recommend this. I would even encourage you to stop reading this review, so you can avoid wasting any more time on this pointless production.