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Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte January 26, 2009

Posted by rscottgriffin in Uncategorized.
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For all you theatre people out there that also love old movies, southern gothic, and drag queens, this is the show for you.  And, yes, you know how well all of those things go together.  Shut Up, Sweet Charlotte, is playing at the 14th Street playhouse in Atlanta, and you do not have to have seen the movie on which it was based, Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.  If you have seen ANY Bette Davis movie and know that Olivia de Haviland (Melanie from Gone With The Wind) plays Miriam, that is pretty much all you need to enjoy this.

It stars Varla Jean Merman, a wonderful drag queen and actress out of *New York*, as Miriam.  She has also appeared in Girls Will Be Girls (another must-see movie, if you have not seen it) as the young ingenue.  But, Ricky Graham, playing the role of Charlotte, absolutely NAILS Bette Davis.   The show is absolutely hysterical.  It is only playing from Wednesday of this week through Saturday the 31st, so I would get your tickets NOW.

The play parallels the movie, except with drag queens playing the lead roles.  Actually, even the Sheriff is a gender-bender.  It takes the noir/gothic quality of the movie and turns it on its ear as only camp drag can, and it WORKS!

Tonight’s showing, benefitting Joining Hearts, was only about half full, but I would guess that it will get much more popular by next weekend.  So, if you are looking for something fresh, and a real treat for Atlanta, I encourage you to go and see this production.  Enjoy!

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1. Ronnie - January 26, 2009

I’m pretty sure Varla is from New York. Also, check out her most recent vlog; she mentions eating at Einstein’s. “I think that Einstein’s is pretty good.” She thinks wrong.

http://www.varlaonline.com/

rscottgriffin - January 27, 2009

I have made the correction to New York. Thanks, Ronnie. I think I’ve also seen her summer performance in Provincetown, and I remember not being able to walk after because I laughed so damn hard. She truly is a fabulous treat.


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