In terms both heart-warming and hilarious, Barbara recounts the circumstances surrounding her milestone 50th birthday, an event she finds no need to celebrate. Preparing for her daughter’s wedding, she finds herself almost single and convincing a detective that she has nothing to hide concerning her husband’s disappearance. As she talks with the audience about her life, Barbara maintains that her place is among the mundane, and then she digs deep and touches the sweetest and strongest spirit in each of us.
Louise Roche’s script is deceptively complex and bringing this one-woman production to stage was one of the joys of my life. Tammy Zinkhon Hyde, with support from stage manager Holly Barstow-Riley and properties mistress Jackie Dietz, gave a Tony-worthy performance, bringing the audience (including the men) to laughter and tears. Presenting quality theatre was as satisfying as always, and perhaps a little more gratifying knowing we were premiering a gem never seen in this area, but the process of creating this piece was a luxury, affording the opportunity to sink both hands into the creative process in a way that is highly unusual in community theatre, relegated to hobby status. Big Pants and Botox was exhilarating, exhausting, and extremely well done. Brava!
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