Review by Pamela Manganaro
Directed by Susan Morgenstern and accompanied by pianist Ron Barnett, I’m Not Famous is a funny and endearing autobiographical look at the incredible and beautiful life of actress and singer Barbara Minkus.
At the age of nine she discovered her calling in life, and with the help and support of her parents, Minkus’ extraordinary career in show business has spanned over seven decades. She generously shares her happiest memories of singing with Tony Bennett as a child.
Minkus is brilliant at storytelling and wraps each segment of her life up with a song that will blow the roof off any theatre. This reviewer was fascinated by her professional stories of working with the greatest Hollywood icons of the day including Danny Kaye, Merv Griffin and Jerry Lewis.
Minkus not only delivers story and song with passionate energy and might, she openheartedly shares her greatest blessing of meeting and marrying her husband, having children later in life, and then becoming a grandmother.
With the help of two media screens to show clips and pictures of Minkus’ life, the set is elegantly lit and decorated with the feeling of old time Hollywood glamour.
“I’m Not Famous – a Musical Journey with Barbara Minkus” plays Sundays at 7pm through May 28th at the Santa Monica Playhouse located at 1211 4th St. in Santa Monica. General Admission is $30. Discounts are available for students, teachers, seniors, members of the military and groups of eight or more. Reservations are necessary. Visit SantaMonicaPlayhouse.com or call the Playhouse Box Office at (310) 394-9779 ext.1.