Rockin’ the afterlife at ‘The Accidental Club’

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Review by John K. Adams

Sherrie Scott’s voice carries The Accidental Club. From the powerful opening notes to its conclusion, she sings standards and her own songs and convincingly channels three of the most iconic voices of recording history – Billie Holiday, Janis Joplin and Amy Winehouse.

A one-woman show is no mean feat. Few would take on a challenge of this scope.

Playing rocker Mira Dawson, who overdoses as she embarks on her comeback tour, Scott explores the emotional underpinnings of addiction in her one-woman show.

“Awakening” in The Accidental Club, populated by others who died from “too much fun,” Dawson encounters Holiday, Joplin and Winehouse. Dawson listens to the contradictory advice from these stars who died too soon, on whether she herself should return for one last concert or not.

That thread ties the dozen songs in the show into a powerful statement about how loneliness, self doubt and the yearning for freedom drives their self-destructive behaviors.

Throughout, Dawson believes it is all a dream and that she will awaken to continue her life. Will she awaken? And if so, will she make the changes necessary to continue living, and not toward dying?

Scott’s well-written characters direct that question to the audience as well. Will you “wake up” and really live life?

Director Trace Oakley directs with a sure hand. Noel Deis on keyboards provides solid accompaniment as Scott’s singing fills our evening.

“The Accidental Club” is staged Fridays through April 28th at the Whitefire Theatre located at 13500 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. For tickets and information call (800) 838-3006 or visit TheAccidentalClub.com.

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