The Lady Was A Gentleman

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WHAT: The Lady Was a Gentleman (West Coast Premiere) SYNOPSIS: An examination of love, identity, race, and gender that is sure to leave you laughing out loud as celebrated actress Charlotte Cushman goes on (another) farewell tour of the U.S. with her personal assistant Sallie, a free black woman, and an ever-expanding entourage of adoring younger women. WHO: By Barbara Kahn Directed by Kate Motzenbacker Presented by Broads' Word Ensemble Produced by Tara Donovan and Danielle Ozymandias Producing Team also includes Sylvia Loehndorf, Lacy Altwine, and Dana DeRuyck Lighting by Stacey Abrams Sound Design by Suze Campagna CAST: Dawn Alden, Sonja Inge, Chantal Thuy, Maikiko James, Lacy Altwine, and Tara Donovan WHERE: Dorie Theatre at the Complex 6476 Santa Monica Blvd. Hollywood 90038 TICKETS: http://broadswordensemble.com/ http://ladygentplay.bpt.me/ Opening night tickets include cocktail reception: $28 Monday 4/17 is PWYC General Admission all other nights: $22 WHEN: Performances run: April 8th – 29th, 2017 Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, 4/8/17-4/29/17 Monday 4/17 at 8pm Sunday 4/23 at 7pm

Reviews

Rob Stevens

The program notes state that the play “imagines this lost piece of queer theatrical history as a screwball comedy of seduction, mistaken identity, and all the fun you can get away with when you're famous”. Unfortunately the current production misses the screwball flare and a lot of the fun.

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Michael Van Duzer

The play uses classic farce tropes: mistaken identity, gender confusion, overheard conversations, etc. It also finds inspiration in sources as varied as Cyrano de Bergerac, Calamity Jane (the Doris Day film) and The Well of Horniness. Still, the play has structural problems and would play better with an excised subplot and no intermission.

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Lorenzo Marchessi

“An Amazing And Talent Theatre Troup Of Women, And “The Lady Was A Gentleman” Is A Jewel Of A Play To See!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

This is the West Coast premiere of a Broads Word Ensemble production of a uniquely charming and funny play produced by Tara Donovan and Danielle Ozymandias and it's called “The Lady Was A Gentleman” and it's performed at the Dorie Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood. It's a wonderfully uplifting and positive piece of friendship, careers and the desires of women from all walks of life. The performances are sharp. The story is touching and the characters are just plain fun to see.

According to its own press release it's an, “…An examination of love, identity, race, and gender that is sure to leave you laughing out loud as celebrated actress Charlotte Cushman goes on (another) farewell tour of the U.S. with her personal assistant Sallie, a free black woman, and an ever-expanding entourage of adoring younger women….”. But I would say it's about women in a lesbian world going about their business at the turn of the century and discovering who means what to who and everything from the frolicking fun, innate jealousy and even how pride can get in the way.

Written by Barbara Kahn and artfully directed by Kate Motzenbacker, this is a positively fun and inventive play about women who love women and how romance sees no boundaries or borders. Kate did a remarkably good job making the audience feel right at home using the remarkably honest and believable story written by Barbara. It's a fanciful tale of feelings and emotions written with much heart and put together and staged for theatre in a very inviting way.

Pic 001 – Left Pic. - Tara Donovan, Sonja Inge – Mid. Pic. - Lacy Altwine, Chantal Thuy, Maikiko James – Right Pic. - Maikiko James, Dawn Alden, Sonje Inge

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Lorenzo Marchessi

“An Amazing And Talent Theatre Troup Of Women, And “The Lady Was A Gentleman” Is A Jewel Of A Play To See!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

This is the West Coast premiere of a Broads Word Ensemble production of a uniquely charming and funny play produced by Tara Donovan and Danielle Ozymandias and it's called “The Lady Was A Gentleman” and it's performed at the Dorie Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood. It's a wonderfully uplifting and positive piece of friendship, careers and the desires of women from all walks of life. The performances are sharp. The story is touching and the characters are just plain fun to see.

According to its own press release it's an, “…An examination of love, identity, race, and gender that is sure to leave you laughing out loud as celebrated actress Charlotte Cushman goes on (another) farewell tour of the U.S. with her personal assistant Sallie, a free black woman, and an ever-expanding entourage of adoring younger women….”. But I would say it's about women in a lesbian world going about their business at the turn of the century and discovering who means what to who and everything from the frolicking fun, innate jealousy and even how pride can get in the way.

Written by Barbara Kahn and artfully directed by Kate Motzenbacker, this is a positively fun and inventive play about women who love women and how romance sees no boundaries or borders. Kate did a remarkably good job making the audience feel right at home using the remarkably honest and believable story written by Barbara. It's a fanciful tale of feelings and emotions written with much heart and put together and staged for theatre in a very inviting way.

Pic 001 – Left Pic. - Tara Donovan, Sonja Inge – Mid. Pic. - Lacy Altwine, Chantal Thuy, Maikiko James – Right Pic. - Maikiko James, Dawn Alden, Sonje Inge

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Rob Stevens

The program notes state that the play “imagines this lost piece of queer theatrical history as a screwball comedy of seduction, mistaken identity, and all the fun you can get away with when you're famous”. Unfortunately the current production misses the screwball flare and a lot of the fun.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Michael Van Duzer

The play uses classic farce tropes: mistaken identity, gender confusion, overheard conversations, etc. It also finds inspiration in sources as varied as Cyrano de Bergerac, Calamity Jane (the Doris Day film) and The Well of Horniness. Still, the play has structural problems and would play better with an excised subplot and no intermission.

sweet-sour - Michael Van Duzer - ShowMag - ...read full review


Lorenzo Marchessi

“An Amazing And Talent Theatre Troup Of Women, And “The Lady Was A Gentleman” Is A Jewel Of A Play To See!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

This is the West Coast premiere of a Broads Word Ensemble production of a uniquely charming and funny play produced by Tara Donovan and Danielle Ozymandias and it's called “The Lady Was A Gentleman” and it's performed at the Dorie Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood. It's a wonderfully uplifting and positive piece of friendship, careers and the desires of women from all walks of life. The performances are sharp. The story is touching and the characters are just plain fun to see.

According to its own press release it's an, “…An examination of love, identity, race, and gender that is sure to leave you laughing out loud as celebrated actress Charlotte Cushman goes on (another) farewell tour of the U.S. with her personal assistant Sallie, a free black woman, and an ever-expanding entourage of adoring younger women….”. But I would say it's about women in a lesbian world going about their business at the turn of the century and discovering who means what to who and everything from the frolicking fun, innate jealousy and even how pride can get in the way.

Written by Barbara Kahn and artfully directed by Kate Motzenbacker, this is a positively fun and inventive play about women who love women and how romance sees no boundaries or borders. Kate did a remarkably good job making the audience feel right at home using the remarkably honest and believable story written by Barbara. It's a fanciful tale of feelings and emotions written with much heart and put together and staged for theatre in a very inviting way.

Pic 001 – Left Pic. - Tara Donovan, Sonja Inge – Mid. Pic. - Lacy Altwine, Chantal Thuy, Maikiko James – Right Pic. - Maikiko James, Dawn Alden, Sonje Inge

sweet - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review


Lorenzo Marchessi

“An Amazing And Talent Theatre Troup Of Women, And “The Lady Was A Gentleman” Is A Jewel Of A Play To See!”

THE GEEK AUTHORITY - Lorenzo Marchessi

This is the West Coast premiere of a Broads Word Ensemble production of a uniquely charming and funny play produced by Tara Donovan and Danielle Ozymandias and it's called “The Lady Was A Gentleman” and it's performed at the Dorie Theatre at the Complex in Hollywood. It's a wonderfully uplifting and positive piece of friendship, careers and the desires of women from all walks of life. The performances are sharp. The story is touching and the characters are just plain fun to see.

According to its own press release it's an, “…An examination of love, identity, race, and gender that is sure to leave you laughing out loud as celebrated actress Charlotte Cushman goes on (another) farewell tour of the U.S. with her personal assistant Sallie, a free black woman, and an ever-expanding entourage of adoring younger women….”. But I would say it's about women in a lesbian world going about their business at the turn of the century and discovering who means what to who and everything from the frolicking fun, innate jealousy and even how pride can get in the way.

Written by Barbara Kahn and artfully directed by Kate Motzenbacker, this is a positively fun and inventive play about women who love women and how romance sees no boundaries or borders. Kate did a remarkably good job making the audience feel right at home using the remarkably honest and believable story written by Barbara. It's a fanciful tale of feelings and emotions written with much heart and put together and staged for theatre in a very inviting way.

Pic 001 – Left Pic. - Tara Donovan, Sonja Inge – Mid. Pic. - Lacy Altwine, Chantal Thuy, Maikiko James – Right Pic. - Maikiko James, Dawn Alden, Sonje Inge

sweet - Lorenzo Marchessi - The Geek Authority - ...read full review