Story and Photos by Dana Nollsch
Smart, Funny, and Intelligent: “Words to Live By, An Evening with Dorothy Parker.”
Mary Bennett takes us on a mind-blowing visit with the American poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist Dorothy Parker. Bennett created this one-woman performance based on Dorothy Parker’s life and career. If you aren’t familiar with Dorothy Parker, you should be.
Parker made an astonishing impact at the turn of the last century, and especially from the 1920s to the 1930s, with her writing talent and love of life. She was indeed a hard-drinking, hard-loving, intellectual woman with a voice unafraid to be heard.
There is a blending of current events taken from Parker’s point of view at the beginning of the performance that is quite intriguing. The performance moves forward with a fascinating mix of Parker’s poetry and tales of her life told from her point of view.
Bennett is unequaled in her performance and mesmerizes the audience in her portrayal of Dorothy Parker.
“Words to Live By” features an opening performance, “The Ballad of Frankee & Matilde,” performed by Carrie Lynn and Lyndsey Langsdale.
This is a tale of love born out of passion and destined to fail. This performance is wordlessly expressive. Carrie and Lyndsey take us on a playful journey filled with emotion and humor. I am looking forward to seeing more performances from these two talented women.
Check out the photos for a small taste of what you will see.
“Words to Live By, An Evening with Dorothy Parker” opens at Bruka Theatre March 10 and plays through March 25. For more information, check out Bruka’s website: http://www.bruka.org/