An entertaining and enlightening look at reaching one of life’s major milestones, “Fifty! It Doesn’t Look This Good On Everybody” is a strong one woman show by Carlease Burke. Part confessional, part celebration, the production puts a new twist on solo performance by inviting audience participation.
Taking as its jumping-off point a surprise birthday party for Burke, the presentation examines what it means to fit in, what is family and how we connect these two. It reveals that sometimes the greatest gifts come through the most traumatic situations, bringing hard-won wisdom, maturity and strength.
The show starts with Burke’s long-lost friend, Jamaica, surprising her with a birthday party featuring family and friends. As they catch up, Burke reveals frustrations, disappointments and triumphs as she celebrates where she is in life. Audience members become guests too, drawn into the action and plot in response to questions and situations.
Burke creates memorable cha-racters through fine writing and touching acting. Emotional highlights are revealed tangentially in response to friendly conversation. Humorous, thoughtful and heartfelt, the dialogue and situations ring true. Employing body movement, dialect and facial expressions, Burke vividly creates such diverse characters as the pontificating minister, strong Jamaica, teasing grandmother and tough mother. She brings energetic rhythm and timing to the piece as well.
Lighthearted yet thought provoking, Burke’s “Fifty! It Doesn’t Look This Good On Everybody,” contains strong writing and acting along with adult situations and language.
“Fifty! It Doesn’t Look This Good On Everybody” plays Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm through June 28 at the Actors Group (4378 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA). Tickets cost $15 or $12 for students and seniors. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/66522.