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All I Want is One Night

From 53 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Ambitious, Edgy

About the show

Jessica Walker returns to 59E59 Theaters for an new play-with-songs centering on noted French actress and cabaret sensation, Suzy Solidor. More…

Paris: 1935. Suzy Solidor steps onto the tiny stage of her cramped nightclub, ready to wow the hippest crowd in town with her lesbian erotic songs. She is surrounded by her 225 portraits and high on success, both from her best-selling records and from her status as most painted woman in the world. Suzy Solidor may be the most famous woman you've never heard of. 


Member Reviews (53)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Ambitious, Edgy
69
Avg Score

96
Enchanting, Great singing, Intelligent, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You want a terrific cabaret/theater entertainment beautifully written, directed & performed.

Don't see it if Lesbian themes bother you.

9
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Ambitious

See it if and ONLY if a tribute to cabaret star Suzy Solidor, whose sensual sapphic chansons titillated Paris in the 1930s interest you.

Don't see it if you find yourself saying who the fuck is Suzy Solidor and then asking yourself the question why is it relevant to me. SKIP THIS MESS!!!!!!!

Also I hated it from the moment it began. Apparently the play was originall... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Edgy, Slow, Self-indulgent

See it if you have an interest in the life of Suzy Solidar and want to hear some French cabaret songs (sung in English).

Don't see it if you want to be entertained. Only a bit over an hour, but it seemed much longer. She tried to interact with the audience, to little success.

55
Ambitious, Slow, Lifeless, Flat, Disappointing

See it if You’re up for 65 of the longest minutes you’ll spend in a theatre. Great premise and set but unrealized characters adrift in this script.

Don't see it if You've no interest in 1920's Parisian nightlife, clever lesbian love songs or an unhappy if interesting chanteuse/amoureuse life story.

Also As Mark Twain said of his wife's attempts at swearing, "The words are ... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Entertaining, Raunchy, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if you've seen Jessica Walker previously and enjoy her; you enjoy torch songs; you can get front row seats and interact with the star

Don't see it if you are offended by a presentation about a bi-sexual woman that involves graphic descriptions of lesbian sex

30
Forgettable, Slow

See it if You're a huge fan of the singer and her life or really into cabarets.

Don't see it if You're looking for a memorable production.

67
Stranded between cabaret & play, Well performed chansons but leaden dialogue, Illustrated wikipedia entry on solidor

See it if interested in Suzy Solidor, risqué between-wars chansons, left bank lesbians. If you don't know her, this will not provide much insight

Don't see it if you're looking for drama, detail or much besides the atmosphere of a semi-seedy Parisian cabaret, which is skillfully evoked by set & singer

Also Although this piece in its current form outstays its welcome at a mere... Read more Read less

11
Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Intense

See it if You enjoy moulin rouge type cabaret dreams gone awry

Don't see it if You aren’t into the nostalgia of 1940’s Paris.

70
Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if You like french cabaret music and are interested in Suzy Solidor

Don't see it if You dislike audience interaction

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want a great theater experience in a cabaret setting. An imaginative creation that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Don't see it if No reason

67
Confusing, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you like lesbian themes

Don't see it if the singing were better

78
Quirky, Resonant, Edgy

See it if If you like cabaret style pieces. You are interested in seeing works about lesbians

Don't see it if Songs and script with some very explicit description of lesbian sex upset you. Some themes in the show have been explored before

Also It was unclear to me how much of this show was true, especially about ... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Great staging, Charming

See it if You enjoy cabaret-style immersive shows shows and/or learning about lesser-known queer historical figures.

Don't see it if You don't like actors physically interacting with the audience.

83
Absorbing, Clever, Great singing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy learning about a different side of cabaret entertainment from the mid-century and enjoy great singing

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with GLBTQ themed shows

75
Clever, Funny, Raunchy

See it if mid 20th century cabaret, raunchy songs from your grandparents era, plot light but keeps it moving

Don't see it if it's very naughty

70
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Quirky, Great acting

See it if interesting idea on a dated concept

Don't see it if adult themes, baudy

71
Great staging

See it if a

Don't see it if b

85
Absorbing, Edgy, Great singing, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you would like seeing a French chanteuse from the 1930s in a night club setting

Don't see it if if you might be offended by lesbian themes and/or if you are interested in something of a traditionally "show tune" vein

Also I do like songs of the 30s and I do like seeing a chanteuse singing su... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if Like a play in a cabaret setting

Don't see it if If you're homophobic

35
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you're a fan of this era or want a historical insignt.

Don't see it if you wont a good cabaret show or night at the theater. Was disappointing.

69
Absorbing, Overrated

See it if You want an interesting night with songs. You have a passion for the subject matter already.

Don't see it if you want something fast paced or entertaining.

Also My second visit to 59 theaters after seeing the astonishing Secret Liv... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Quirky

See it if You want to get a little taste of what a French cabaret during WWII was like or to learn a little about a litttle known lesbian star.

Don't see it if You expect a fully fleshed out story line or a traditional plot. The story develops while watching a cabaret act...sort of.

During previews
84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Great staging

See it if You want an unique & engaging story about artistry,love, aging & survival told in a cabaret format.

Don't see it if You prefer contemporary stories. You don't like cabaret seating. You're uncomfortable w/discussions of sexuality.

During previews
72
Great singing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if you want a glimpse of the life and art of Suzy Solidor, well-performed with songs in French and English in a cabaret setting.

Don't see it if you want a complete biography of Solidor or if you want a rousing musical.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

See it if Has the feel of Cabaret in World War II. Great singing I found it entertaining

Don't see it if Same sex and some of the words to the songs lyrics may bother some people.

Also Some of the seat were around tables. I found this play interesting for... Read more Read less


June 15th, 2018
“A curious mixture of low camp, high drama, and cabaret that shines some perfumed wattage on one of the world’s once-illustrious, now-forgotten icons from the same nightclub world as Édith Piaf, Josephine Baker, and Mistinguett...Walker never achieves the sultry throatiness of the flamboyant Suzy...
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June 15th, 2018
“Uneasily stranded between nightclub act and full-out biographic drama. The dialogue scenes play like a highlight reel from a vintage film melodrama...Strains to maintain a steamy atmosphere of intrigue. But when the commanding Walker, with her silvery soprano, takes the stage, all is well...Has ...
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June 14th, 2018
"If there is a touch of Édith Piaf in Solidor, there's even more of Marlene Dietrich in her...She does not seem right for the role that she has created. While she bears a resemblance to photos of Solidor, she is too soft in her delivery, too cautious with her interactions, and too sweet in her si...
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June 14th, 2018
"An interminable 65-minute bore...Obviously, Solidor led quite an interesting existence. It’s a pity that 'All I Want Is One Night' is such a drag...Solidor scarcely flickers to life. Painted in fragments by Walker in wordplay that alternately seems precious or stiff, this portrait of the artist ...
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