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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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DIANE BURROUGHS certified reviewer June 07, 2016
Though provoking, reveals a core wound that all modern women suffer through whether we are "fashionistas" or not.... full review
DEANA BARONE certified reviewer June 16, 2016
Powerhouse singer and performer who explores issues around fashion and the feminine enslavement to body image.... full review
ELLEN DOSTAL certified reviewer June 16, 2016
There isn’t a woman alive who can’t relate to Brenda Varda’s one woman musical, Nine Dresses: Sex, Death, Fashion, which takes on the subject of fashion in a very personal and humorous way. The title refers to the nine dresses every woman has in her closet. You know, the ones with the tags still on them. The ones that make us feel better simply by purchasing them, regardless of whether we have ever worn them or not. Each one has a personality and Varda lets us in on the back story of some of her favorite unworn garments in this intimate session of girl talk. Joined by Nick Morabito on upright bass, Varda sings and also plays piano. She’s got Marilyn Monroe’s blend of sexy sweetness and awkward innocence, as well as Kate Bush’s striking v... full review
LEON MARTELL certified reviewer June 14, 2016
A combination of Carole King, Heidi Klum and Neil DeGrasse Tyson.... full review
PENNY STARR, JR certified reviewer June 14, 2016
tagged as: musical · fashion · gender · Feminist
This show should be titled Nine Dresses: A Study In Identity, because the show delves into how fashion can define us in ways which we weren't even aware. The musical ranges from pop to singer-songwriter to tango. Just like a shopping addict, the shows goes from dizzying highs to terrifying lows. Do see it!... full review
CAROL ELAINE CYR certified reviewer June 21, 2016
Loved this original work! What appears to be about "frivolous" fashion on the surface actually digs into the history of The Dress, its place in our society, and how a simple piece of fabric can change how we women feel about ourselves and our perceived desirability. It also delves into how we sometimes discard facets of ourselves to become new people; i.e. trying on new personas when we try on new dresses and discarding old personas with our old clothing. All in the space of 57 minutes. And, of course, the music was impossibly catchy and entertaining. Thank you, Ms. Varda!... full review
NANCY MURPHY certified reviewer June 23, 2016
Great writing and great performance! I highly recommend this fun show!... full review
BILL RATNER certified reviewer June 26, 2016
The sexiest, most intelligent show in the Fringe!... full review
ANDREA LAMBERT certified reviewer June 26, 2016
tagged as: fashion
Funny, human, fashionable, real, and tremendously entertaining. I could watch Brenda for hours. So glad I was able to get in to see this.... full review
TERRY COLE certified reviewer June 27, 2016
tagged as: fresh · original · funny · and Inventive
A truly fresh, original, and unexpected work from an artist who has plenty to share and a talent that puts it all in just the right setting. Each time I caught myself pigeonholing her, comparing her to other actresses, I came up short; she is NOT like any other actress, and here in L.A., where every server has a resume, that is the highest compliment of all.... full review

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