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Anita Bryant's Playboy Interview

comedy · big queen productions · Ages 18+ · includes nudity · world premiere · United States

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ALIYAH DAVIS certified reviewer June 08, 2014
tagged as: historical · comedy · serious · newsworthy
Excellent, funny, thought-provoking, brilliant!... full review
GRETCHEN WOODEN certified reviewer June 09, 2014
tagged as: comedy · History · journalism
So... Anita Bryant has been on my "try-to-avoid" list of people for many now. I vividly remember how mad she made me in my youth. This show made me laugh at her, and perhaps my younger self also. If you didn't live through those years, this will show you what the world was like then. The acting was credible and natural; staging simple and effective. It's a well-written, interesting show that shows the oxymoronic relationship of sexuality and the US, as well as a reawakening of the right-wing movement. Plus, it was fun!... full review
SCOTT WALTERS certified reviewer June 10, 2014
tagged as: History · comedy · complex · lgbt · America · hilarious · moving · surprising
A tremendously engaging, creative and constantly surprising one-act that treats its subject - the incredible 1970's Playboy magazine interview with beauty queen/singer/orange-juice-spokesperson/notorious homophobe Anita Bryant (who supplies plenty of rope with which to hang herself with her own words) - with humor, sensitivity, and complexity. John Copeland is luminous as Anita, presenting her as by turns innocent, engaging, vain, gentle, obsessive, horrifying, vulnerable and pitiable. The play provides a lot of laughs, but it's not strictly a comedy. It captures the serious consequences of Bryant's single-minded rampage to stamp out homosexuality, but refuses to reduce her to caricature. ... full review
PATRICIA MUNFORD certified reviewer June 11, 2014
tagged as: See it!
I loved this show! It was so hilarious and just heartbreaking all in one. John Copeland does a terrific job at not judging Anita.. I truly felt like i was in the room with her( but a much more fun one i am certain)..She caused so many people so much pain- yet at points i felt sorry for her..a true testament to John's take on her and the show as a whole. My favorite moment on the play was Anita talking on the phone while throwing a New Years Eve party- the absolutely insane things she says to the Playboy interviewer will have you giggling. I felt the period was handled really well; It truly took me back to the 70's..I had forgotten that the featured Playboy Interview was such a big deal..And i must say I miss it. Today some many celebriti... full review
ERIC WADDELL certified reviewer June 11, 2014
tagged as: drag · funny · comedy hilarious · gay history
Hilarious, and you'll be amazed at how much you DON'T know about this historic time in gay history. And how ultimately Anita Bryant did more good for the gay movement than one could imagine. SEE THIS SHOW and a kickass funny drag queen as Anita.... full review
DEBORAH VENTURA certified reviewer June 12, 2014
tagged as: History · comedy · complex · Engaging
I truly enjoyed this show! John Copeland's riveting portrayal of Anita Bryant ushered me through a range of emotions and ultimately provided me with a deeper understanding of one of America's most infamous crusaders against homosexuality. Anita Bryant's Playboy Interview is a brilliant show well worth your time!... full review
DANIEL JOHNSON cinesnatch.blogspot.com certified reviewer June 13, 2014
In 1978, Anita Bryant sat down with Playboy Magazine for an 8-day interview. By that time, Anita Bryant had become a central figure in the battle over gay rights. In fact, she is credited with galvanizing both the anti-gay and gay rights movements. Yet her status as an influential historical figure is just now becoming apparent as US voters and legislatures, thirty-five years later, are just beginning to put her arguments to rest. Writers John Copeland and Robert Whirry have adapted the Playboy interview into a one-hour play, breaking up portions of the interview with monologues by Gail Stanton... Please read the rest of the review at <a href="http://cinesnatch.blogspot.com/2014/06/2014-hollywood-fringe-review-anita.html">Cinesnatch... full review
KERRY LAMB certified reviewer June 13, 2014
This show was phenomenal! I went in not knowing much about Anita Bryant and have been scouring the internet for footage since I saw this show. The play, through it's incredible performances, recounts this hilarious real-life "character" from the 70s highlighting social issues that are still so relevant today. The actor portraying Anita Bryant was soo good! I want to go back again. ... full review
ALEXANDER WELLS certified reviewer June 16, 2014
Wonderful fun watching this smartly written piece about a seminal moment in LGBT history! John Copeland is totally funny and affecting in his campy yet poignant portrayal of Anita. Stephen Simon rocks as Playboy writer Ken Kelly and brett paesel (her spelling) is compelling as Playmate of the month for June 1978 Gail Stanton. Totally worth your time and money! Go see it.... full review
KRISTINE OLLER certified reviewer June 17, 2014
A thoroughly entertaining and enlightening show – with a twirl-de-force performance by John Copeland as Anita! The inventive staging and use of mixed media kept the interview format lively and the show full of surprises. Perfect for a fun night out!... full review
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