I had to “pass” on my family plans in Orange County. Stayed home in my P.J.’s, and watched cable movies. A delicious “care package” of dinner was hand delivered to me later, by loving local family members.
Marilyn – My Secret
Presented and sensually directed by Odalys Nanin. Who is Odalys Nanin, you ask? A fine actress, award winning playwright, director, producer, and founder and Artistic Director of Macha Theatre/Films. Offering titillating “gay themed” productions here for years … her vision and dedication to the arts is unstoppable! This time around, she invites us into the heart and soul of film history’s most famous “blonde bombshell,” Marilyn Monroe, formerly known as Norma Jean. Co-written by Willard Manus and Odalys Nanin, offering an entertaining mix of facts, rumors, sensuality, and fun … the audience had a great time! An informative drama with song performances, we peer in on Monroe’s career and controversial life journey. From her lonely early years in an orphanage, to bit part player, to major fame, she was always surrounded by controversy. Kelly Mullis as Marilyn, gives a sassy, sexy, and thought provoking performance! Alternately depicting fragile childlike innocence, and booze and drug induced sexuality, on her road to major fame … we are privy to the inner pain, passion, and confusion that guided her life choices. Although she felt that the studios never took her seriously, the fans worldwide fell in love with her, and catapulted her career. Sharing true stories of her childhood, the famous men in her life, and bisexual liaisons … we learn much about the lady. From life in 12 foster homes as “Norma Jean,” to her 20 abortions, countless male and female lovers, and marriages, “as Marilyn” … her life was a psychological saga. Katarina Radivojevic is sizzlingly hot as Lili St. Cyr, one of Marilyn’s female lovers, in an X-rated, erotically charged scene. Monique Marissa Lukens gives gut-wrenchingly heartfelt performances in two roles … playing Natasha Lytess, and Paula Strasberg, Monroe’s mentor and acting coach. In the only male role, Jamie German dashingly appears repeatedly as Bobby Kennedy. As a lonely sex goddess, lost in her fame … Marilyn’s affairs with both genders were countless. She once stated: “No sex is wrong if there is love in it.” Said to have died from an overdose of booze and pills … there are many who believe that there was more to the story than that. This is a scintillating, bawdy, and well performed production. A voyeuristic crowd pleaser! Do try to catch it! Running through April 21 at Macha Theatre located at 1107 N. Kings Rd. in West Hollywood. For seats call (323) 960-7862 or go to plays411.com.
There is a nice, cozy bar in the lobby, where you can purchase wine and have a chat … before, after, and during intermission.
One Night with Janis Joplin at The Pasadena Playhouse
I raved about this exciting and nostalgic concert/show in my column March 20. In case you didn’t read it … I’m raving about it again! Running through April 21, if you haven’t yet seen it … you must! Brilliantly starring Mary Bridget Davis as Janis, and with a wildly talented cast and band … you’ll have a rockin’ good time! For seats call (626) 356-7529.
This weekend, I will be at The Glendale Center Theatre to see The Man Who Came to Dinner, starring Andrew Prine. Will tell you all about it in next week’s column. Ta ta for now….