Part of 59E59's Brits Off Broadway fest, this solo show by comedic singer/songwriter Dillie Keane (of Fascinating Aïda fame) features new tunes and old favorites that showcase her quirky take on life. More…
Funny, gutsy, and always brutally honest, Dillie Keane writes songs that speak of a lifetime fully, if not always sensibly, lived. Keane will break your heart, mend it again, and have it sent to the cleaners for pressing. As the founder of the satirical singing group Fascinating Aïda (three-time nominees for the Drama Desk Award and London's Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment), Keane has been entertaining and delighting audiences for more than three decades.
“It is a rare performer who can produce sharp, piercing satire and deliver heartbreaking songs with élan. Happily, such versatility is Dillie Keane’s calling card...One moment you’re wiping away tears, the next you’re doubled over with laughter...It’s personal - an intimate appraisal of the human condition: the tragic to the sublime...For those who demand a sophisticated understanding of the heart, coupled with a healthy dollop of world-weary cynicism, Keane’s latest act is just the ticket.” Full Review
"Outrageously funny and poignant…There are some truly monumental feats of musical brilliance coupled with storylines that are quite magnificent. One minute you are laughing and the next minute you are holding back tears…Keane is iridescent…Keane’s ease and command of the stage are phenomenal, and you feel honored to have had a moment to bask in her sunshine. And, she is really, really funny. She sings with the force of a deep, thunderous, and resonant subterranean cave." Full Review
“She lets us have it right in the kisser, each song its own richly comic drama, couth, uncouth, clever, heartfelt, heartless. What a dame...It’s a nostalgic delight to bathe in Dillie’s impeccable syllables in that selfsame assured arrogance, edged with a wicked, good natured self mockery...Dillie is an actress, a superb actress...It’s not just the words, and the delivery, either. She gets to you. She understands. She could be a friend.” Full Review
"Keane showcases the talent, wit, and brilliance that have sustained her career for decades...Keane’s sound and lyrics are truly one-of-a-kind…She is unabashedly honest and fearless….Her songs leave audiences nodding in agreement and provide a sense of comfort, as your troubles no longer seem so bad...Keane really does bare her soul in the material and an underlying tenderness is found within the melodies, providing a sense of healing not only to herself, but to all humans." Full Review
"Take a pinch of Noel Coward’s patter, a soupcon of Elaine Stritch’s sass blended with a dash of Tallulah Bankhead’s slurry growl, a twinkle of Anthony Hopkins’s acting chops, and a smidgen of Lotte Lenya’s world weariness. Mix them all together and what you get is Dillie Keane...Keane demonstrates how charm, warmth, insight, intelligence, and acting talent can go a long way toward making even a voice ranging between a low buzz and a loud roar sound musically palatable." Full Review
“One of the funniest items is ‘Shattered illusions,’ a reflection on how she’s too often been taken in by men’s dishonesty...Presenting her highly amusing tirade in two acts...Throughout it, Keane gives a bravura performance...Once or twice Keane pulls back on the rib-tickling vitriol...At the piano and occasionally singing along is Michael Roulston, and he’s a decided asset. Simon Green, the accomplished cabaret performer in his own right, directs.” Full Review
"Keane is a brilliant performer who takes no prisoners…With a voice that stretches from gravely to lilting, Keane scoops us up into each story with grace…On and on the stories flow–and Deane is as excellent a storyteller as she is a chanteuse, so every moment is a delicious morsel. Her connection to the roots of English Music Hall never waivers…Seeing her is like having a Vitamin B shot. You will leave the theatre feeling like a Roman Candle." Full Review
"If you're looking for a cabaret entertainment with the fizz and bittersweet kick of a gin and tonic, consider Dillie Keane's intimate get-together...If her show is sometimes deeply felt, it is never maudlin, and her wicked, coruscating sense of humor is never out of reach...Dillie Keane has a style and sensibility all her own. She's like an exotic cocktail that, at first taste, shocks a bit. A few sips later, you can't believe you've been missing out on it so long." Full Review
"Scrappy, witty, and warm…Keane packs more measured feeling into a phrase than that with which many vocalists imbue a whole song. She can be as delicate as snow in a snowglobe, broad-vaudeville funny, or incisively arch…The well written piece has a vertebrae which serves. Stories bridge and introduce, each specific, none manufactured to fit....Except for a few more obviously concocted numbers, the show is sheer delight." Full Review
“Ms. Keane can be very silly, but it is always with a purpose. Despite that twinkle, she could never be called fey. In her underlying toughness, she is closer to Elaine Stritch. Accompanied on piano by Michael Roulston, Ms. Keane regaled the audience with personal stories and songs that didn’t stint on comedic self-deprecation while avoiding self-abasement. Ms. Keane writes literate story songs in a traditional musical-comedy style. Their wit and rhyming facility sometimes echo Cole Porter.” Full Review
See it if you enjoy well-done cabaret. I enjoyed her in Fascinating Aida so I got a ticket to her solo show. Glad I did. Wonderful.
Don't see it if you don't like cabaret. Otherwise you'll have a great time.
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