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Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl
There is nothing more deflating than a fine performer wasted on a lame script. It’s even worse when the performer is also the playwright.
Toronto’s Rebecca Perry brings us her take on 20-something barista culture, and it’s little more than Hallmark platitudes about following your dreams interspersed with some not-quite-funny riffs on annoying customers.
The sassy redhead shtick is old and Perry’s character wasn’t quite sassy enough, anyway. She has little new to offer on college-grad limbo, and what she does offer has no edge, no bite. She actually kisses her journal at one point.
What a shame. Perry can really sing (there are a few numbers, backed sweetly by guitarist Alan Wong). She’s got tons of charm and confidence and is totally bright onstage. It’s a two-star script and a four-star performer, so we’ll call it in the middle.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the Fringe program:
Joanie Little makes her way through the Coffeeshop jungle. An urban 20-something Jane Goodall, this feisty redhead - part sass, part insatiable curiosity - blazes a trail between the lactose-free lilac lattes, quad shots of espresso, useless coworkers, zany customers, and a sock puppet boss, reporting her "findings" as she tries to find the path her life SHOULD be taking, and her place in the food chain.
Director: Michael Rubinstein
Cast: Rebecca Perry
5 Stars "This lady nails it beyond comparison with quirk and sass to spare" - Theatromania
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 75 mins.
Discount Tickets: $9 for First Performance
Under 9 not admitted.
Updated on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM CDT:
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 4:09 PM CDT: