Written and performed by Todd Washington, and under the hand of Randy Johnson, the producer/director, Harriett Levy is the ultimate cabaret act, life coach seminar and local cable show, all rolled into one. On top of that, it is spiced with Jewish angst. So what you have is a Dame Edna with even more spunk!
Mostly scripted but partially improv, Harriett dishes people, sings in her special style and ties-in with the audience. Several videos accompany some of the songs, and there’s even a Christmas selection. Obviously Harriett is a seasoned woman for all the seasons. There was an especially fun video set to the song “MacArthur Park.” Darn! As always, someone left the cake out in the rain, ignoring the fact it took so long to bake, and one will never have that recipe again.
In the spirit of Tracey Ullman, Washington does seem to have the recipe for this type of performance, and simply goes with the flow whether jewelry falls off, or even if there are technical difficulties. No matter what, Harriett seems to have the answer for everything. But after all, what former Rockette, Catskill Follies vet, Playtex “Cross-Your-Heart” model with Kaballah leanings wouldn’t?
If you are looking for a night of off-the-wall theatre, Harriett Levy just might be your ticket.
“Harriett Levy—Back By Popular Demand” runs through July 19. Performances are at the Hudson Guild Theatre (6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA). Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, and Sundays at 7pm. Tickets are $19.75. Running time is 90 minutes. Allow time for street parking. For reservations, visit www.plays411.com/hariettlevy or call (323) 960-7792.