Amanda Andrews: Brilliant, But Off…

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Amanda Andrews

Brilliant, But Off…

The Duplex, NYC, May 15, 2018

Reviewed by Bart Greenberg for Cabaret Scenes

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Amanda Andrews is a very talented performer. Unfortunately, in her show at The Duplex, she attempted to show off all of her talents at once, and things got a bit muddled. Singer, actress, comedian, rocker girl, balladeer—one longed for her to take a momentary pause and just relax.

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And, when she did that toward the end of the show, the power was there.

Attempting to create a one-act, seemingly autobiographical story about a desperate actress and unlucky-in-love woman in contemporary New York, Andrews introduces several framing devices—therapists, drinking buddies, cousin, therapist—and jumps back and forth among them without ever really establishing a time frame for the audience. Different parts of the stage represented different locales in her life; it was a smart decision, but the awkward sightlines of the packed room were not always taken into consideration.

The music chosen to illuminate her story was mostly pop/rock with the singer belting out every song. With only an electric guitar as accompaniment (Matt Langner showing off fierce energy), a sameness to the sound of the show settled in. When she finally reached the climatic “Rise Up” (Andra Day), a power ballad, it was exciting to hear a different style, and the performer met the challenge of something more dramatic, showing the audience what could be if she had provided herself with more theatrical material.

As a playwright, Andrews is consistently witty and often moving. As an actress, she has an off beat charm. Perhaps working with a director would help her to focus her material a bit more in order to create a vehicle for herself.

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Bart Greenberg

Bart Greenberg first discovered cabaret a few weeks after arriving in New York City by seeing Julie Wilson and William Roy performing Stephen Sondheim and Cole Porter outdoors at Rockefeller Center. It was instant love for both Ms. Wilson and the art form. Some years later, he was given the opportunity to create his own series of cabaret shows while working at Tower Records. "Any Wednesday" was born, a weekly half-hour performance by a singer promoting a new CD release. Ann Hampton Callaway launched the series. When Tower shut down, Bart was lucky to move the program across the street to Barnes & Noble, where it thrived under the generous support of the company. The series received both The MAC Board of Directors Award and The Bistro Award. Some of the performers who took part in "Any Wednesday" include Barbara Fasano and Eric Comstock, Tony Desare, Andrea Marcovicci, Carole Bufford, the Karens, Akers, Mason and Oberlin, and Julie Wilson. Privately, Greenberg is happily married to writer/photographer Mark Wallis, who as a performance artist in his native England gathered a major following as "I Am Cereal Killer."