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Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies

From 16 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious

About the show

This 90-minute one-woman show, performed monthly at the Episcopal Actors' Guild, tells the story 1930s icon Bette Davis, on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards.  More…

Young Miss Davis is nominated for Best Actress in “Dark Victory”, and the Los Angeles Times leaked the Oscar winners early. The bold, defiant, and disillusioned Bette Davis decides to leave the Oscars! Journey into the young starlet's battle to win freedom from the grip and control of the studio moguls of Hollywood. Witness Bette’s most defining moments as a tenacious young starlet fighting her way to the top! See what happens when someone who always wins...loses.

Member Reviews (16)


Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious
Avg Score

Relevant, Absorbing, Clever, Well acted, Hollywood lore

See it if you love Hollywood's heyday/Bette Davis. Sherr's show captures BD's fire/ambition, and presents her fight against the studio system. Fun bio

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows (uses phone often for expositn) or you've no interest in old Hywd. It's a snappy reminder of hurdles in a man's world

Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you want to see the Hollywood heyday and BD . It is a well acted show. Based on the night of the Academy Awards.

Don't see it if If you don't like Bette Davis or that era. Or one women shows. A show that is high paced. a bigger production.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are interested in Hollywood's golden age and the life of a great star gifted with both charm and intelligence. Very well preformed

Don't see it if you dislike one person shows that depend on the audience's imagination to fill in the missing characters.

Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you like Bette David or if you love old Hollywood.

Don't see it if If you don't like small theater.

Also This show is upstairs and has stairs. They do had a chairlift. She doe... Read more Read less

Riveting, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Amazing

See it if Bette is portrayed so effectively I couldn't take my eyes off her. This is a smart intro to BD if you don't know her--even better if you do

Don't see it if If you don't care about Bette, or Hollywood in the 30s and 40s. This is a portrayal of Bette off screen, and it's convincing -- Brava!

In progress, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you're super into Bette Davis and are interested in seeing a one woman show that's clearly still developing.

Don't see it if So, I'm going to say medium things. Everything that could have gone wrong at this performance did. Missed sound cues. Cell phones galore...

Also Dropped lines. So it's hard for me to begrudge the actor for the rough... Read more Read less

Funny, Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you have a thing for 30's and 40's movies, the star systems exploitation of female actors esp in light of current mores, terrific 1 wmn show

Don't see it if you don't care about BD, strong women who survive in male dominated world, think BD was childish when she lost 1940 Oscar to Vivien Leigh.

Also I saw this show almost a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I tri... Read more Read less

Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like Bette Davis, classic Hollywood, or 1-person bio shows. A lot of research and time has gone into this.

Don't see it if You're not interested in those things. You want a traditional play.

Cliched, Amateurish, Ambitious

See it if you want to learn more about Bette Davis's life and don't mind a show that feels like it's trying a bit too hard.

Don't see it if you want to see something polished and professional.

Also There were entertaining moments in this show, but on the whole, it fel... Read more Read less

Edgy, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever


Don't see it if IF YOU not B D fan..DON'T bother.

Fun, Great band, Great dancing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if you love the music. You want to know more about the men behind the Temptations.

Don't see it if You don't love bio-musicals. You don't remember these times.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if Didn’t know what to expect and ended up loving the one woman show. It is funny and at the same time serious & dramatic. The acting is superb

Don't see it if You just want another glossy musical. This one woman play is beautifully written and perfectly delivered. It has been one of my favorites!

Sometimes boring, Long, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you are a big bette davis fan. Her performance of bette is great and doesn't read like an impression.

Don't see it if it is just far too long. should be under an hour.

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a talented woman represent everything Bette.

Don't see it if You like one woman shoes or don’t like Bette

Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if The space and location is great. Intimate setting. The acting and singing was wonderful. Cute storyline.

Don't see it if Not everyone likes a one person show, but she was very entertaining.

Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if See it if you are a fan of glamour, old Hollywood, women & naughtiness!

Don't see it if Don’t see it if you are not a fan of lingerie & matriarchs.

June 15th, 2017
“There are no big surprises in Jessica Sherr's 60-minute solo, no novel insights...Yes, Bette Davis faced sexism in the movie industry. Yes, it was lonely at the top...The main appeal of ‘Sissie’...Is Sherr herself, whose Davis isn't quite like any you've seen, adding a bright comic energy to the...
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June 16th, 2017
“Reimagining as much as recreating the cinema idol’s feisty hunger and jerky grace, ‘Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies’ is catnip for the cognoscenti...It’s a time-capsule treasure for once and future fans of the Tinsel Town icon...With flashing eyes and clipped delivery...Sherr impishly displays the...
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May 27th, 2018
"As the evening progresses, the audience soaks up delicious tidbits about the making of Bette Davis’ most famous films...In Jessica Sherr’s newly-expanded, 90-minute version of her well-researched solo performance, audiences will find themselves mesmerized by this animated, energetic performer......
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June 21st, 2017
“Sherr's performance shuns all traces of camp caricature to encompass a flinty New England accent, changes of costume incorporating accessories belonging to the real-life Davis and facial replication mirroring her iconic persona so accurately as to totally eclipse the playbill photograph of Sherr...
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