What You Don’t Know About Women
Musical Direction by Christopher Leavey
Starring Heather Alexander and Luerne Herrera
Winter Park Playhouse, Winter Park, FL
None of us know that much about women, but not for lack of trying. The obsession with shoes, a deep need to move heavy furniture, and the weepy moments when watching Oxygen – all a complete mystery. That make Winter Park Playhouse’s attempt to clarify so heartwarming, even if they restrict the lecture to selections from lesser known musicals. In this low keyed musical evening, Heather Alexander and Luerne Herrera sing an enthusiastic explanation, backed up by the ever watchful Chris Leavey. The selection intentional aims for solid songs rarely sung, even if Ms. Herrera’s version of the Judy Garland standard “Come Rain Or Shine” sneaks past the censors. Later we learn that the slutty “Everybody’s Girl” comes form a show called “The Steel Pier” as Ms. Alexander sings it with more gusto than a girl should show in front of her hubby.
Some women turn to alcohol, others to chocolate, and while Ms. Alexander threatened to get a drink from the bar, she held onto her professional standards. Ms. Herrera, however, folded to her baser desires and ate most of a box of chocolates while singing “On My Own.” While her vocalization was none too clear, it was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on stage. You may not learn much about women, but this much is clear: Chocolate is always the right size and color, and never gets returned.
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