ALL I WANTS IS ONE NIGHT
Review by Brenda Repland
Suzy Solidor was a (real-life) French singer and actress. British writer and star in this play, Jessica Walker takes us to La Vie Parisienne, her cabaret in Paris at its height between the two world wars.
In a nod to Pride Month, we see the appealing and less-so aspects of this songstress. Ms. Walker has a lovely voice and can deliver the songs with great drama. As one might expect in a club “where anything goes,” much of the dialogue is double-entendres, rich with sensual meaning. She is well served by her accompanist and music director, Joseph Atkins on piano and accordion (in lieu of a French concertina).
The theater’s cabaret setting allows for the actors to roam around the audience and reinforces the club atmosphere.
At times, Suzy Solidor was considered the “most painted woman ever” and her continued yen for being painted provides the metaphor of aging.
While the cast is solid – and most energetic – the play never really takes off. It becomes a series of scenes rather than a story that entrances the audience.