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Nine Dresses: Sex, Death, Fashion

cabaret & variety · brenda varda · Ages 15+ · world premiere · one person show · United States of America

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Review by DEANA BARONE

June 16, 2016 certified reviewer

What I liked

Ms. Varda is an incredible powerhouse performer with an incredible singing voice, beautiful physicality, and is clearly enjoying herself on stage. I especially liked the piece about the beverly hills women—I could see Ms. Varda’s fear of becoming like them, disgust at their rejection of age, and desire to be like them all at the same time. Her commitment in this scene to the intensity and desperation of their/her experience affected me.

What I didn't like

I have to tell the truth. The amazingness of Ms. Varda’s figure was a bit distracting, as she spent half the show in a teddy.

My overall impression

Powerhouse singer and performer who explores issues around fashion and the feminine enslavement to body image.

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