Thursday, June 11, 2009

Reviews: Love, Janis, Zach Scott Theatre, May 28 - July 12

UPDATE: Hannah Kenah's review for the Austin Chronicle, July 9

UPDATE: KUT's John Aielli and the Janis crew on "Aielli Unleashed," posted June 22

Review by Clare Croft for Austin Statesman's Austin360 "Seeing Things" blog, published June 11

Love, Janis
Zach Scott Theatre
May 28 - July 12

Directed and adapted by Tony Award-nominated playwright Randal Myler, Love, Janis combines Janis' own words -- taken from real-life interviews and heartfelt letters home to her family in Port Arthur, Texas -- with her brilliant breed of rock-n-soul music that revolutionized 1960's America.

Watch stars Andra Mitrovich and Mary Bridget Davies rock out ZACH's intimate Kleberg stage with spot-on performances of "Piece of My Heart," "Try," "Me and Bobby McGee," "Mercedes Benz" and other classics in this inspiring, feel-good play. Love, Janis traces the life of a legendary artist who refused to compromise her love -- for music, life and equality -- during her voyage from Texas to the world stage. Step into the Summer of Love: Love, Janis is Janis Joplin like you've never seen her before!

Photo Gallery: New Images from ZACH's Love, Janis Production
Video: Andra Mitrovich sings Janis Joplin

About Randal Myler

Randal Myler conceived and adapted Love, Janis from the biography by Janis Joplin’s sister Laura that features letters Janis wrote home to Port Arthur, Texas. Mr. Myler received two Tony Award nominations and a Drama Desk nomination for the musical It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, and a nomination for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Direction for Hank Williams: Lost Highway. He is a 17-season veteran of the renowned Denver Center Theatre Company.

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