Home Entertainment NEW MUSICAL, LITTLE BLACK DRESS, CELEBRATES LIFE'S GREAT MOMENTS WITH LAUGHTER, TEARS,...

NEW MUSICAL, LITTLE BLACK DRESS, CELEBRATES LIFE’S GREAT MOMENTS WITH LAUGHTER, TEARS, AND RAUNCH

By Lisa Lyons

IMHO, “Little Black Dress” (aka LBD), is a show that is perfect for GNOs and fans of raunchy improv humor. A combination of original songs, audience participation, improv, and a smidgen of drama, the brand new musical is in search of a wider audience. 

Written by predominantly women, the show hits the mark on many topics that will resonate with women of all ages, and even some men. From the first kiss to the first sexual encounter, job interviews, proposals, and eventually funerals, the LBD has played an essential part in many lives.

In a nutshell, the story centers on best friends Dee (Danielle Trzcinski) and Mandy (Jennette Cronk), who at age 13 pledge to be BFFs for life and to take a dream trip to “Paree!” when they grow up. When Dee’s mom (Jenna Cormey) takes the girls to a boutique to find dresses for their upcoming school dance, they are introduced to and fall in love with the LBD.

The rest of the show covers the progression of time where the two women’s’ futures diverge, but they hang on to their friendship despite many setbacks. Dee marries Mark (Clint Hromsco) and has a baby girl Madison, while Mandy remains defiantly single as she forges her own path in life.

There are times in the show where the actors call on audience members to share their own memories of first kisses and bachelorette parties, which leads to some unexpected shenanigans. The night I went, one woman was so startlingly raunchy that the performers struggled to keep a straight face during the “A Night You’ll Never Forget” number. There is always a risk in improvised segments, as they can often slow a showdown, but again the ladies (and gentleman) had it under semi-control. LOL.

The set is simple (perfect for roadshows and local theater companies), the LBDs could have been a tad more stylish, and some of the choreography and staging was a little dodgy. Still, overall, it charmed the audience who gave the performers a rousing, well-deserved ovation at evening’s end.

Kudos to all the talented folks who brought LBD to life, including creators Amanda Barker, Natalie Tenenbaum, Danielle Trzcinski, and Christopher Bond, who also directed.

“Little Black Dress” is at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City until December 15 only, so to avoid FOMO, hustle on down and buy your seats ASAP at www.centertheatregroup.org. TTFN!

Must Read

NORTH COAST REP THEATRE PRESENTS “BLOOMSDAY” A STEPHEN DIETZ FANTASY/COMEDY

Steven Dietz was among the five most produced playwrights in America during 2019. And now his latest play "Bloomsday," is on stage at North...

DEZART PERFORMS STAGES A POIGNANT POWERFUL PRODUCTION OF “DANIEL’S HUSBAND”

Dezart Performs of Palm Springs, celebrates the beginning of its 12th season of producing quality live theatre entertainment in the Coachella Valley, with...

DUTCH DRAMA/THRILLER SCREENS AT PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The Dutch film industry has a solid reputation of producing bold and audacious movies.  They’re not intimidated by nor feel the heat generated by risky...

PSIFF 31ST ANNUAL FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHED WITH “AN ALMOST ORDINARY SUMMER” FROM ITALY

By Jack Lyons Theatre and Film Critic. Member ATCA The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), the third-largest...

IT WAS A GOOD THEATRICAL YEAR FOR SOME THEATRES IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

By Jack Lyons Theatre and Film Critic. Member of American Theatre Critics Association Once again, it's that time...
%d bloggers like this: