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New York | 1h 30m | Ends Jan 06

Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies

From 7 critic and 5 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Amateurish

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.

Buzz Center Stage

for a previous production "We are given insight to Bette’s relationship with Hollywood and the world, her daughter B.D., the relationship she had with herself and the supportive relationship of her mother...You will laugh, you will feel her pride, soar on her triumphs, and your heart will follow...through her failures, as her attempts to rise above to do what she truly loves...A woman unlike many others...You will fall in love with Sherr and Bette.” Full Review

The Fourth Walsh

for a previous production “Under the skillful direction of Perillo, the amazing Sherr makes it look effortless...She weaves the diva’s tumultuous personal and professional life into a celebrity-driven-tell-all. Sherr seamlessly changes tone, emotion and clothes with bold vulnerability...The stories are captivating...I would highly recommend this one woman tour de force for fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Sherr is the perfect tour guide to a trip to the past." Full Review

Windy City Media Group

for a previous production “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 as herself. A complete summary of Davis' long career could span several evenings...This tantalizing glimpse...ends after just more than an hour...leaving us wanting more.” Full Review

Splash Magazines

for a previous production “Sherr packed her portrayal of the legendary actress...with a lot of the dreams, sacrifices, and energy...Sherr’s strong performance was somewhat marred by production issues....Her performance captures many of the qualities that made Davis one of the greatest actresses of her time, her willingness to take on tough roles with good sense, and humor rather than fear or regret, and a complex and contrasting personality that went from tough to emotional and vulnerable.” Full Review

Stage and Cinema

for a previous production “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....A time-capsule treasure for... fans...With flashing eyes and clipped delivery...Sherr impishly displays the various looks Davis cultivated to match her attitudes...Sherr’s one-act tour-de-force can only be a blast from the past, a seminal glimpse of a legend in full flux. It’s always a pleasure to watch." Full Review

Chicago Reader

for a previous production “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 usual semaphore gestures and wised-up locutions. Sherr is especially wild during a passage where Davis gets randy with Howard Hughes.” Full Review

Theatre by Numbers

for a previous production “Sherr’s winning performances carries the audience...Often, the need to go over the speaker’s history is not grounded in clear dramatic stakes. Such is the case with ‘Bette Davis'...though Sherr manages to make an entertaining raconteur...Sherr’s energy is infectious...the force of her performance draws you into the next scenario clearly and cleanly. It is a shame that her script does not drive the action forward...she could do so much with more dramatically grounded material." Full Review

Funny, Clever, Great acting, 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

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

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

Absorbing, Clever, Relevant, 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.

Ambitious, Cliched, Amateurish

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

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