THREE TRUE TALES of Escape, Betrayal and Budget Plastic Surgery

Three condensed versions of three solo shows promises a compelling evening at the Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill. Of Brenda Adelman, the San Diego Examiner writes, “Brenda, her family and the audience become a life’s lesson in forgiveness, love and acceptance.” Chris Carpenter’s column, Curtain’s Up, in the Grunion Gazette writes, “This talented trio relates personal tales that skillfully manage to be both harrowing and hilarious, sometimes simultaneously. The full house responded enthusiastically to ‘Divas in Danger’ and it’s well worth checking out…Williams has a winning, personable storytelling style for sure!”

Divas doesn’t exactly describe the three actress/ authors that perform in this show. These women are gritty and candid—far from the spoiled image that the word “Diva” suggests. “Chicks in a Fix” was also considered as a title. Although clever, it was too glib for Brenda Adelman’s true tale taken from her one-person show, “My Brooklyn Hamlet.” Her mother was shot and killed by her father and then her father quickly took a new bride, her aunt (her mother’s sister). Her life lesson was to forgive the unforgiveable. The spirited and comedic actress/author Debra Ehrhardt knows “Jamaica Farewell” is more than a song. With the unwitting help of a CIA Agent, she risked her life escaping her home in Jamaica during a violent revolution, to fulfill her dream of becoming an American. . The Washington Post says, “Debra Ehrhardt possesses a rare ability to mesmerize.” Her show, was produced in L.A. at the Falcon Theatre by Rita Wilson, (Mrs. Tom Hanks). On a less dramatic scale, although equally shocking, author/storyteller Mariana Williams delivers the comic relief with her true story. Lamenting, “It sucks to be vain and poor,” she describes undergoing budget plastic surgery—with a doctor practicing out of his suburban home in Park City, Utah.

Oct. 19-21, Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill
Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., www.auxdogtheatre.org 
or, call box office: 505-596-0607 Gen. Adm. $18
$15 for Industry, ATG/ALT, Seniors & Students
3011-3015 Monte Vista Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, For more info (not tickets) www.divasindanger.com

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UP NEXT, “IN THE BLOOD” BY SUZAN-LORI PARKS

Tickets and more information: auxdogtheatre.org, 505.596.0607

A FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA, IN THE BLOOD BY SUZAN-LORI PARKS IS UP NEXT AT AUX DOG THEATRE NOB HILL. THE PLAY IS ANOTHER RIFF ON HAWTHORNE’S “THE SCARLET LETTER” SET IN MODERN TIMES WITH AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HESTER. THE PLAY OPENS IN EARLY NOVEMBER. FOLLOW ABQ ARTS ON FACEBOOK AND CHECK BACK TO ABQARTS.COM FOR FURTHER EVENTS.