Still Struttin’ Review

By Dennis Spair

Photo by Tara Furberg

Maybin Hewes at Crown City Theater in “Still Struttin’.”

It’s a bit deceiving at first. We see an elderly woman in an overcoat literally needing help getting to the stage. Suddenly, the lights come up, the music kicks in, and the woman whips off her coat and belts out a number that’ll knock your socks off. Completely exhilarating is the only way to describe her one-woman show!

At 82 years young the dazzling entertainer Maybin Hewes is Still Struttin’. She has all the moves, wit, and charm to keep your toes tapping and lips smiling all night! Her show’s filled with so much energy and talent it’s impossible to not be awestruck.

Maybin performs a wonderful assortment of songs and dances, telling us her life’s story with a fun, sly personality. Her captivating observations take us right along on a roller-coaster ride. She’s an accomplished and well-trained dancer in all styles — tap, ballet, improvisational — she’s performed with some of the biggest names on TV, in Vegas, and on Broadway.

Her show has plenty of costume changes reflecting the variety of shows she’s starred in — from Bob Hope to George Burns to Carol Channing to Sammy Davis, Jr. and Carol Burnett. Along the way, she pays tribute to her mom, her beloved husband, dance instructors, even the folks who rejected her auditions. They all kept her motivated to continue her journey as a splendidly skilled entertainer.

Director Judy Rose keeps the mood perfect throughout Maybin’s assortment of numbers. Musical director & piano accompanist Ron Rose, percussionist Craig Fine, and Maybin’s assistant Mitchell Roche add great camaraderie to the show.

Still Struttin’ will be performed on Sunday, June 30, at 7 p.m. at the Crown City Theater located at 11031 Camarillo St. in North Hollywood. For tickets call (818) 605-5685.