HOLLYWOODN'T

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Reviews: 20

Lisa Verlo performs HOLLYWOODN'T a solo show and personal journey across Hollywood's unsettling sexual landscape, directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson.

A musical memoir told with candor and insight into the life of an actress before women dared to speak up. With original songs cowritten with Frank Simes, Musical Director for The Who, Lisa Verlo brings humor and a light heart to a heavy subject. Creative visuals and video projections add to the multimedia recounting of her experiences on the casting couches of LA.

Hollywoodn't was featured, on Wednesday February 13, as part of SOLOFEST 2019 at the Whitefire Theatre, the largest solo theatre festival on the West Coast .

For tickets: http://hff19.org/6087

"She has that rare gift of connecting to the audience on an almost cellular level. She is fierce and brave and wise and absolutely hilarious…Bravo!!!"
- Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts Disctrict

"She speaks candidly about sex and her own sexuality. Although the subject of abuse is no laughing matter, Lisa's use of body language (and “talking” body parts) keeps the audience enthralled."
- Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times

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"A sometimes uncomfortably sad, sometimes bitingly funny and nearly always poignant journey through the sexual landscape of Creeptown – I mean, Hollywood. Lisa’s stories and her willingness to share so much is the best part about this show. It’s so refreshing to hear a woman talk so boldly about her sexuality without shame while also showing us the seedier side of what it means to be young, beautiful, and hopeful in Hollywood. Lisa Verlo is very funny – an immensely talented woman."

sweet - Marnie Olson


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"What a sad truth this show portrays: it’s hard for anyone to make it in the Hollywood business, but Lisa tells what it’s like to be wanted for looks and sex, not for talent. This show was funny, truthful, and insightful on what it’s like to pursue the actors dream."

sweet - Amanda Lainberger


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"I LOVE that Lisa dived straight into her sexual fantasies and explorations as a child. No one ever really talks about how young girls have sexual feelings and it was a cathartic relief to see her unabashedly talk about these feelings. The accompanying videos were so perfect, light-hearted, and so clever that the audience couldn’t help but burst into laughter.SPOILER ALERT: The Ken dolls doing the dance while all lined up together…now that cracked me up! SPOILER ALERT: When Lisa stands Center Stage and proclaims that she is taking the stage again I just about keeled over with awe. What an empowering, tear-jerking way to end the show on a hopeful note!"

sweet - Lara Repko


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"A powerful, heartfelt, inspiring and also, funny, show. Lisa shares it all and takes us on a journey of the sexual landscape in Hollywood. Very entertaining, thought provoking, beautiful and heart breaking. Beautifully woven together with music, song and... Barbie."

sweet - jannica olin


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"Also having come to Hollywood as a young woman alone, I can completely identify with Lisa's take on what happens when a naive aspiring thespian comes to the big city. But what really got me was her being so real about feelings young girls have about their bodies and sex. Barbie and Ken and Skipper. Yes indeed. I don't want to spoil anything, but she should get an award for her original video montage."

sweet - Margaret Mendenhall


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"Brilliant and fearless, honest and entertainingly told. An awesome showcase of talent! I love how the story came full circle into the present day. So good! And an inspiration."

sweet - Leslie


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"I saw this show for the first time at The Whitefire Theatre/ Solofest 2019. What a treat to see it again! I love how Lisa is brazen in her performance. She is my inspiration to be brave in my show. She spoke about subject matters that most women would be hesitant to reveal, especially today. Lisa embraces all her choices and rolls around with them on stage orchestrating a beautiful performance with song and hilarity. Hollywood is still crawling with predators feasting on young hopeful starlets. This show is wonderfully entertaining and savvy."

sweet - Pamela Kathleen Najera


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"This show was performing perfection. Lisa courageously took the torrid tales of her Hollywood torments and wove them into compelling and hilarious entertainment. Her shameless admissions of youthful sexual curiosity and wild exploits demonstrated with physical hilarity and animated dolls brought the house down! Bravo!"

sweet - Joyce Fidler


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"Lisa Verlo has delivered a stunning performance of her #MeToo experience. You will be stunned at the revelations in this show, and laugh along with Verlo’s characterizations of her experiences within the Hollywood scene. You will also be amazed and thrilled by her musical talents, both songwriting and performing."

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


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"I LOVE that Lisa dived straight into her sexual fantasies and explorations as a child. No one ever really talks about how young girls have sexual feelings and it was a cathartic relief to see her unabashedly talk about these feelings. The accompanying videos were so perfect, light-hearted, and so clever that the audience couldn’t help but burst into laughter. The Ken dolls doing the dance while all lined up together…now that cracked me up! SPOILER ALERT: When Lisa stands Center Stage and proclaims that she is taking the stage again I just about keeled over with awe. What an empowering, tear-jerking way to end the show on a hopeful note!"

sweet - Lara Repko


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"There's nothing better than when a woman speaks up and tells the truth about Hollywood, not from an axe to grind or a bone to pick, but from a place of honesty, humor and kick-butt call-outs! This show is a bit of a warning, a bit of a satire, and a survivor's story, too. Thank you, Lisa, for your courage, your humor and your beautiful writing!"

sweet - Heather Dowling


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"Lisa Verlo has further lifted the taboo of telling how sexism permeates the industry in her one-woman show “Hollywoodn't”. She chronicles her sexual coming of age in a simple, unassuming biographical tale. In step with the #MeToo Movenment, she exposes her truth that women up to now, have simply had to swallow hard and endure in the path of their careers. There isn't a woman in the audience who hasn't experienced the vulnerability of being the weaker sex while trying to build a career. Lisa takes issue with this in an intelligent, engaging, and entertaining multi-media show giving us the example how courage to speak up can have transformative consequences"

sweet - suzanne lukather


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"Lisa Verlos Hollwoodn't show was funny and moving at the same time. In this soulful solo Musical, Lisa expertly dives into countless characters, often through song, as she chronicles the good, the bad, the ugly and sometimes downright painful side of her sexual awakening. Effortlessly shifting perspectives from the POV of a teenager who is trying to "figure things out", in the thorny world of not only teenage boys her age, but also authority figures who abused her trust in the worst way, to Lisa in her twenties, as she tries to navigate the ugly side of Hollywood, with characters promising the glitz of the film world, but who are all too willing to exploit her for their own gain, to the present day narrator, who now has the wisdom to let her (and the audience) see the bigger picture. The songs rocked & it's also an extremely accurate picture of what Hollywood was like in the 80s and 90s."

sweet - Michael David Ker


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"Lisa Verlo puts her personal story behind ‘Me, too' by exploring the fine line that can separate sexual exploration from sexual exploitation. When you are young and innocent, do you always know where the boundary is? And more importantly can you stop it when you do recognize it? Especially when everyone tells you it's normal? How does all this affect your personal and professional life? And how do you come to terms with your own sense of sexuality in all of this? Lisa delves into these questions with refreshing honesty and just the right amount of whimsy to not weigh down her wonderful one-woman show. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Congrats!"

sweet - B


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"I really loved the show. Lisa has such a warm, engaging presence and a wonderful ability to transform into different characters. I was mesmerized for the entire performance and thought the message was strong, empowering, and exciting."

sweet - Abby Thomas


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"Great evening of belly laughing humor, I really enjoyed how she made the stage small with her movements around the stage. A great one women act!"

sweet - Cynthia


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"Lisa Verlo shares her story with us in a profound, delightful, moving and witty way! I was in awe of her talent and recommend everyone to check this timely show out!"

sweet - Sonja Lindén


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"You wouldn't want to miss HOLLYWOODN'T! Lisa Verlo puts on the performance of this year, The Year of the Woman. Her courage, bravery, talent and wit create a tour de force! Funny, poignant, timely and entertaining, Lisa delivers the goods!!"

sweet - Micah Walsh


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"The story, the sad truth, delivered with fun and laughter that questions the practices actresses face in the entertainment industry to get the job via giving the job. Lisa brings talented song writing, performances and thoughtful dialogue on the sometime touchy subject of sex. With Norwegian confidence she delivered bold and strong yet sweet and real which made it available for the audience to receive. The show is timely and relevant with regards to keeping the momentum of speaking up. You don't want to miss it."

sweet - colleen butler


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"Here's the thing: sex is complicated. Lisa Verlo nails this #metoo conundrum with sly humor that gets you laughing and simultaneously shaking your head. How did we all get here? Lisa shows us the way she did it - with insight and fun, and every once in a while a lump in the throat and a tear in the eye. Lisa will open your eyes to your own story, and make you grateful she told hers."

sweet - Susan Boyd Joyce


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"She speaks candidly about sex and her own sexuality. Although the subject of abuse is no laughing matter, Lisa's use of body language (and “talking” body parts) keeps the audience enthralled."

sweet - Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"She has that rare gift of connecting to the audience on an almost cellular level. She is fierce and brave and wise and absolutely hilarious…Bravo!!!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts Disctirct - ...read full review


Avatar
"This is the third version of Lisa Verlo's one woman and show and the best by far! She handles the challenging material with depth and humor. The witty writing and her ability to play different characters with very different accents was impressive. I hope she keeps working on this show as I would definitely love to see it again! Bravo Lisa, it takes an enormous amount of energy, time and effort to put on a one woman show and hers was entertaining from start to finish!"

sweet - S Curtis


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"Lisa Verlo has delivered a stunning performance of her #MeToo experience. You will be stunned at the revelations in this show, and laugh along with Verlo’s characterizations of her experiences within the Hollywood scene. You will also be amazed and thrilled by her musical talents, both songwriting and performing."

sweet - Bob Leggett - LA Music Critic - ...read full review


Avatar
"She speaks candidly about sex and her own sexuality. Although the subject of abuse is no laughing matter, Lisa's use of body language (and “talking” body parts) keeps the audience enthralled."

sweet - Laura Voeth - Tolucan Times - ...read full review


Avatar
"She has that rare gift of connecting to the audience on an almost cellular level. She is fierce and brave and wise and absolutely hilarious…Bravo!!!"

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - NoHo Arts Disctirct - ...read full review


Avatar
"A sometimes uncomfortably sad, sometimes bitingly funny and nearly always poignant journey through the sexual landscape of Creeptown – I mean, Hollywood. Lisa’s stories and her willingness to share so much is the best part about this show. It’s so refreshing to hear a woman talk so boldly about her sexuality without shame while also showing us the seedier side of what it means to be young, beautiful, and hopeful in Hollywood. Lisa Verlo is very funny – an immensely talented woman."

sweet - Marnie Olson


Avatar
"What a sad truth this show portrays: it’s hard for anyone to make it in the Hollywood business, but Lisa tells what it’s like to be wanted for looks and sex, not for talent. This show was funny, truthful, and insightful on what it’s like to pursue the actors dream."

sweet - Amanda Lainberger


Avatar
"I LOVE that Lisa dived straight into her sexual fantasies and explorations as a child. No one ever really talks about how young girls have sexual feelings and it was a cathartic relief to see her unabashedly talk about these feelings. The accompanying videos were so perfect, light-hearted, and so clever that the audience couldn’t help but burst into laughter.SPOILER ALERT: The Ken dolls doing the dance while all lined up together…now that cracked me up! SPOILER ALERT: When Lisa stands Center Stage and proclaims that she is taking the stage again I just about keeled over with awe. What an empowering, tear-jerking way to end the show on a hopeful note!"

sweet - Lara Repko


Avatar
"A powerful, heartfelt, inspiring and also, funny, show. Lisa shares it all and takes us on a journey of the sexual landscape in Hollywood. Very entertaining, thought provoking, beautiful and heart breaking. Beautifully woven together with music, song and... Barbie."

sweet - jannica olin


Avatar
"Also having come to Hollywood as a young woman alone, I can completely identify with Lisa's take on what happens when a naive aspiring thespian comes to the big city. But what really got me was her being so real about feelings young girls have about their bodies and sex. Barbie and Ken and Skipper. Yes indeed. I don't want to spoil anything, but she should get an award for her original video montage."

sweet - Margaret Mendenhall


Avatar
"Brilliant and fearless, honest and entertainingly told. An awesome showcase of talent! I love how the story came full circle into the present day. So good! And an inspiration."

sweet - Leslie


Avatar
"I saw this show for the first time at The Whitefire Theatre/ Solofest 2019. What a treat to see it again! I love how Lisa is brazen in her performance. She is my inspiration to be brave in my show. She spoke about subject matters that most women would be hesitant to reveal, especially today. Lisa embraces all her choices and rolls around with them on stage orchestrating a beautiful performance with song and hilarity. Hollywood is still crawling with predators feasting on young hopeful starlets. This show is wonderfully entertaining and savvy."

sweet - Pamela Kathleen Najera


Avatar
"This show was performing perfection. Lisa courageously took the torrid tales of her Hollywood torments and wove them into compelling and hilarious entertainment. Her shameless admissions of youthful sexual curiosity and wild exploits demonstrated with physical hilarity and animated dolls brought the house down! Bravo!"

sweet - Joyce Fidler


Avatar
"I LOVE that Lisa dived straight into her sexual fantasies and explorations as a child. No one ever really talks about how young girls have sexual feelings and it was a cathartic relief to see her unabashedly talk about these feelings. The accompanying videos were so perfect, light-hearted, and so clever that the audience couldn’t help but burst into laughter. The Ken dolls doing the dance while all lined up together…now that cracked me up! SPOILER ALERT: When Lisa stands Center Stage and proclaims that she is taking the stage again I just about keeled over with awe. What an empowering, tear-jerking way to end the show on a hopeful note!"

sweet - Lara Repko


Avatar
"There's nothing better than when a woman speaks up and tells the truth about Hollywood, not from an axe to grind or a bone to pick, but from a place of honesty, humor and kick-butt call-outs! This show is a bit of a warning, a bit of a satire, and a survivor's story, too. Thank you, Lisa, for your courage, your humor and your beautiful writing!"

sweet - Heather Dowling


Avatar
"Lisa Verlo has further lifted the taboo of telling how sexism permeates the industry in her one-woman show “Hollywoodn't”. She chronicles her sexual coming of age in a simple, unassuming biographical tale. In step with the #MeToo Movenment, she exposes her truth that women up to now, have simply had to swallow hard and endure in the path of their careers. There isn't a woman in the audience who hasn't experienced the vulnerability of being the weaker sex while trying to build a career. Lisa takes issue with this in an intelligent, engaging, and entertaining multi-media show giving us the example how courage to speak up can have transformative consequences"

sweet - suzanne lukather


Avatar
"Lisa Verlos Hollwoodn't show was funny and moving at the same time. In this soulful solo Musical, Lisa expertly dives into countless characters, often through song, as she chronicles the good, the bad, the ugly and sometimes downright painful side of her sexual awakening. Effortlessly shifting perspectives from the POV of a teenager who is trying to "figure things out", in the thorny world of not only teenage boys her age, but also authority figures who abused her trust in the worst way, to Lisa in her twenties, as she tries to navigate the ugly side of Hollywood, with characters promising the glitz of the film world, but who are all too willing to exploit her for their own gain, to the present day narrator, who now has the wisdom to let her (and the audience) see the bigger picture. The songs rocked & it's also an extremely accurate picture of what Hollywood was like in the 80s and 90s."

sweet - Michael David Ker


Avatar
"Lisa Verlo puts her personal story behind ‘Me, too' by exploring the fine line that can separate sexual exploration from sexual exploitation. When you are young and innocent, do you always know where the boundary is? And more importantly can you stop it when you do recognize it? Especially when everyone tells you it's normal? How does all this affect your personal and professional life? And how do you come to terms with your own sense of sexuality in all of this? Lisa delves into these questions with refreshing honesty and just the right amount of whimsy to not weigh down her wonderful one-woman show. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Congrats!"

sweet - B


Avatar
"I really loved the show. Lisa has such a warm, engaging presence and a wonderful ability to transform into different characters. I was mesmerized for the entire performance and thought the message was strong, empowering, and exciting."

sweet - Abby Thomas


Avatar
"Great evening of belly laughing humor, I really enjoyed how she made the stage small with her movements around the stage. A great one women act!"

sweet - Cynthia


Avatar
"Lisa Verlo shares her story with us in a profound, delightful, moving and witty way! I was in awe of her talent and recommend everyone to check this timely show out!"

sweet - Sonja Lindén


Avatar
"You wouldn't want to miss HOLLYWOODN'T! Lisa Verlo puts on the performance of this year, The Year of the Woman. Her courage, bravery, talent and wit create a tour de force! Funny, poignant, timely and entertaining, Lisa delivers the goods!!"

sweet - Micah Walsh


Avatar
"The story, the sad truth, delivered with fun and laughter that questions the practices actresses face in the entertainment industry to get the job via giving the job. Lisa brings talented song writing, performances and thoughtful dialogue on the sometime touchy subject of sex. With Norwegian confidence she delivered bold and strong yet sweet and real which made it available for the audience to receive. The show is timely and relevant with regards to keeping the momentum of speaking up. You don't want to miss it."

sweet - colleen butler


Avatar
"Here's the thing: sex is complicated. Lisa Verlo nails this #metoo conundrum with sly humor that gets you laughing and simultaneously shaking your head. How did we all get here? Lisa shows us the way she did it - with insight and fun, and every once in a while a lump in the throat and a tear in the eye. Lisa will open your eyes to your own story, and make you grateful she told hers."

sweet - Susan Boyd Joyce


Avatar
"This is the third version of Lisa Verlo's one woman and show and the best by far! She handles the challenging material with depth and humor. The witty writing and her ability to play different characters with very different accents was impressive. I hope she keeps working on this show as I would definitely love to see it again! Bravo Lisa, it takes an enormous amount of energy, time and effort to put on a one woman show and hers was entertaining from start to finish!"

sweet - S Curtis