Marilyn Monroe: The Last Interview

solo performance · paris productions · Ages 18+ · includes nudity · world premiere · one person show · 1hr · United States of America

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Review by RICHARD LUCAS
June 13, 2018

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Marilyn Monroe: The Last Interview offers much more than the title might indicate, that being perhaps something along the line of final thoughts or stories confined to the late era of Monroe’s all-too-brief career and life. But the interview is merely the open window for Mullis to walk the audience through Monroe’s background all the way to childhood and early work through to her untimely death in a marvelously interwoven and researched piece of writing. I mention the writing first because Mullis is so charming, disarming, and spontaneous as Monroe, that one almost forgets it’s a written, historical piece on stage. Beyond the wispy voice, the super-human blend of strength and vulnerability, and the slowly-getting-tipsy effect of pills and alcohol, Mullis does stunning work singing several songs beautifully without accompaniment, and even pantomimes movements as Marilyn tells stories of earlier days. It is no small feat taking on such a well-known and iconic figure like a Marilyn Monroe, but Mullis has made the right call diving into this one. I think more and more audiences are going to find this show. I highly recommend you experience The Last Interview. Special note of appreciation on the restraint of with the projected visuals, which can so often overwhelm a solo show.

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