Author: Tulis McCall

Pat Kirkwood is Angry

Pat Kirkwood spent her life missing the proverbial boat. Her parents were disappointed that she was born a girl and more or less shoved her aside when a beloved boy arrived. Her mother, when Pat asked if she was pretty, told her she was “irredeemably plain”. When she began to sing, however, her mother was on her like white on rice.

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Holler if Ya Hear Me

Question: What do you do when you have an intimate musical booked into a theatre the size of the Goodyear Blimp. Simple. You start risers at the lip of the stage and let them climb all the way up to the Mezzanine. The people who sit in the top row, as did I, feel a little like Peter Pan. It is a wild effect. Wonder why it was never done before?

As to holler If Ya Hear Mei – prior to this I knew bupkis about Tupac Shakur. Well, a teeny bit. He was a rapper of some note who was murdered in 1996. And I guess I know a little more than that because there were some musical numbers in this show that I sort of recognize.

The night I attended this show I was in a serious minority on this. Which did not stop me one teeny tiny bit from having a great time.

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When We Were Young and Unafraid

Why does it always surprise me when good writing, acting and directing conspire to create excellent theatre. When We We Were Young and Unafraid at Manhattan Theatre Club is a production not to be missed.

This is a story that meets the “Duh Factor” requirements. It is about people you never knew existed, but when you stop to consider for a moment, you say to yourself, “Ah. Of course.”

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