Win Tickets to Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women
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I went in seeking redemption.
The last time I invited my friend, Kim, to live theater, it was to Puppetry of the Pen!s several years ago. Did you see that? It was the most awful waste of time and money (with the possible exceptions of Windows Vista and The Road to Wellville) I have ever endured. I was quite surprised that Kim agreed to see another show of my choosing.
It needed to be good.
Kim and I were guests of the Denver Center Attractions’ presentation of Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women at the Garner Galleria Theater.
My expectations were high (so was my trepidation). I’d heard great things about this show (ditto for Puppetry). Perhaps I was suffering from the theatre version of PTSD — Post Traumatic Show Disorder.
I should mention at this point the unfairer sex. While men are not proHIBited from attending (there was one lone guy sitting in front of me), there is really very little of interest to a male. Girls Only is not sexy or lurid or terribly revealing, skin-wise. And really, boys, we are NOT taking about you. Attending would be, for a man, like being a fly on the wall at a baby shower or a slumber party – better in theory than in reality.
Not to mention that BOTH restrooms are Ladies Rooms. Woohoo! Although I was a little freaked out at intermission when I ended up in a room with urinals.
On with the show. The stage is a pink girl’s bedroom, circa early 1980s, as evidenced by the Shaun Cassidy poster. As Kim and I settled into our seats 10 minutes before curtain, the actresses were already on stage. In their bras and panties (dissecting rather than evoking Victoria’s Secret catalogs). This led Kim and me to discuss just what it would take for US to get on a stage in front of other women in our undies. We lamented our bodies’ shortcomings — cellulite and pooches — not to mention the special, uh, grooming that may or may not be necessary.
(It IS called Girls Only, after all.)
Stars and creators Linda and Barbara are, in fact, two very funny, creative and brave women. They conceived of this show after working together doing improvisational comedy for several years, and after reading their diaries to each other one afternoon. It was clear they were on to something.
Girls Only opened at the Avenue Theater in 2008, and was later picked up by Denver Center Attractions. Linda and Barbara are now cloning themselves, hiring and training actresses in Denver and eight other cities to bring this show to Girls across North America.
Girls Only is a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Some is scripted and some is improvised; all is funny. The Girls sing. They dance. They prance, they dress and undress. They snoop, they fete, they toot (a trumpet) and strum. They reveal and reminisce. They share a puppet show and a few short films. There are approximately 682 laughs (not really, I didn’t actually count). I watched the other ladies in the audience laugh and giggle with abandon. Often and hysterically. (Hint if you attend: be prepared for leakage — eyes or otherwise).
So, since it’s just us girls, let me put it this way: normally, it’s not a good thing to wet your pants in a theatre. But then again, that Depends (hoho, haha). On whether you’re there to laugh uncontrollably at the forgotten and recovered girliness of your life.
Here is a sampling of situations highlighted by Girls Only. These (and many others) seemed to resonate with the audience because we share such memories and thoughts in our collective girly heads:
* Those foamy pink sponge rollers (every head in the audience nodded as we remembered our individual Glamour-Don’ts)
* Boobs as sundials
* The joys of panty hose
* 1001 uses for leftover “product” after menopause
* The disconnect in the controversy surrounding public breastfeeding alongside the existence of Hooters restaurants
* An actual phone call with a man who just. won’t. listen.
Girls Only gets 10 stars: 5 of its own and 5 leftover from Puppetry of the Pen!s.
And I am redeemed.
GIVEAWAY: The Denver Center Attractions has donated 2 tickets that will go to one lucky commenter on this post. No fancy-schmancy verbiage is required, but feel free to take this opportunity to leave a possible diary entry from your own girlhood. We will randomly draw a winner on April 22, so the deadline to enter is that last moment of April 21. Please make sure your email address is easily accessible.
MAMAS NIGHT OUT: The next Mile High Mamas Night Out (for Mile High Mama Bloggers) will be scheduled in May or June, and will be an outing to Girls Only at special group rates. An added bonus is an after-show Q&A by the Girls, Linda and Barbara. Details will be in this space as available, so make sure you don’t miss a day of Mile High Mamas. For a preview of this show, click here.
Images from ACEComedy.com