Divas doesn’t exactly describe the three actress/ authors that perform in this show. These women are gritty and candid—far from the spoiled image that the word “Diva” suggests. “Chicks in a Fix” was also considered as a title. Although clever, it was too glib for Brenda Adelman’s true tale taken from her one-person show, “My Brooklyn Hamlet.” Her mother was shot and killed by her father and then her father quickly took a new bride, her aunt (her mother’s sister). Her life lesson was to forgive the unforgiveable.
The spirited and comedic actress/author Debra Ehrhardt knows “Jamaica Farewell” is more than a song. With the unwitting help of a CIA Agent, she risked her life escaping her home in Jamaica during a violent revolution, to fulfill her dream of becoming an American.
On a less dramatic scale, although equally shocking, author/storyteller Mariana Williams delivers the comic relief with her true story. Lamenting, “It sucks to be vain and poor,” she describes undergoing budget plastic surgery—with a doctor practicing out of his suburban home in Park City, Utah.
Three condensed versions of three solo shows, promises a compelling evening both harrowing and hilarious, sometimes simultaneously.