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The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign

From 38 member  reviews
Members say: Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

About the show

Charting over 30 years of the Golden Age of Hollywood, including stories from the Silent Era, the Great Depression, and World War II, this solo play with music features songs from cinemas greatest stars. More…

An aspiring actress stands on the 50 foot H, looking out at the lights of Los Angeles and the Dream Factory known as Hollywood. It is 1949: Truman is President, Marilyn Monroe is a little known model who poses nude for an art calendar in order to recover her impounded care. Nobody has ever heard of Evie Edwards, but Evie has only ever wanted one thing: to be a star. 'The Girl Who Jumped Off The Hollywood Sign' includes songs Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, and more. Writer Joanne Hartstone stars as Evie.


Member Reviews (38)

MEMBERS SAY:

Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
74
Avg Score

65
Ambitious, Slow, Mix of fact and fiction

See it if you like tales of old Hollywood. Interesting details about studios during WWII. Less successful story of down-on-her-luck wannabee.

Don't see it if broad acting bothers you. JH plays most scenes at full-throttle emotion. And I wasn't a fan of her (harsh, nasal) voice, altho others were.

Also I went to TGWJOTHS with high expectations. The minimal set is effectiv... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Evocative

See it if you want to be immersed in the world of 40s Hollywood & captivated by the experience of one tragic, guileless actress in search of her dream

Don't see it if you have no interest in old-world Hollywood & the timeworn story of the dewy-eyed midwest actress in search of silver-screen stardom.

Also Whether or not you have any interest in the topic or period, to miss t... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Romantic, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you are interested in the golden age of Hollywood, & how the studio system treated women of modest talent.

Don't see it if for you a play is only a play if it has more than 1 character. Most of the time this 1-woman show is in direct address to the audience.

Also I found the material & performance affecting. And while the show makes... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Quirky, Delightful

See it if You want a play w/music about old Hollywood that feels contemporary. You want a well written & edited solo show.

Don't see it if You prefer plays w/modern settings. You don't like plays w/music. You dislike solo shows.

86
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Slow

See it if Goes thru Hollywood dreams and falls, the pain of not making a star on Hollywood Blvd, with some true facts

Don't see it if It's slow at points, and not a happy play.

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy strong female performers in solo shows with a touch of music. Great singing voice and interesting story.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows. You don't like your stories to meander a little bit.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if You like strong female performers with a good story to tell. She draws you in and one can relate to what it takes for success in this world

Don't see it if If you want to see a flashy Show with full sets and costumes. This is simple and direct. And works

90
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you appreciate Hollywood and Greatest Generation era nostalgia mixed with their ugly truth, and music with melody and intelligent lyrics.

Don't see it if you dislike Hollywood nostalgia genre, a solo woman show with minimal set and a capella, or LES, or cannot sit 90 minutes without interval.

71
Ambitious, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if you are a fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood and enjoy songs from that era, adequately performed.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays with music or are looking for a serious drama.

75
Entertaining, Slow, Clever, Great singing, Simple staging

See it if you enjoy stories referring to actors and singers from an era gone by perfomed in a one-woman show

Don't see it if you don't like stories about the early Hollywood age, you expect songs you'll recognize.

Also The performer did a fine job, the story was interesting, but it was a ... Read more Read less

65
Ambitious, Interesting

See it if you like one-woman shows and/or old Hollywood

Don't see it if you like big shows with high production values or prefer shows that are very upbeat

Also The smoke effects are strangling in such a small theater. It was reall... Read more Read less

77
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like stories about Hollywood told by a would be starlet who is contemplating suicide by jumping from the Hollywood sign.

Don't see it if useless stage smoke annoys your bronchial tubes. You don't like well acted well written one woman shows with a story to tell.

68
Slow, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you enjoy one-person show about the history of Hollywood

Don't see it if You expect a more stimulating exploration of this topic

Also I found my mind wandering as the subject matter just seemed rather tri... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious

See it if you like a one-woman show with heart. The actress puts 110% effort into her performance.

Don't see it if You need a flashy show with no rough edges. This show is the kind of out-of-the-way offering for which New York is known.

78
Thought-provoking, Solo show, Play with singing, Great acting

See it if like solo shows with great story telling. Interesting facts of the golden age hollywood. The drive of ambition & the lengths to get noticed

Don't see it if don't like solo shows or don't like to see despair of talented people with big dreams who can't get noticed.

65
Ambitious, Great singing, Slow

See it if You would enjoy a one woman show with singing reflecting on the Golden Years of Hollywood

Don't see it if You dislike one woman shows, musicals, expect a fancy set with props, or have no interest in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

84
Resonant, Enchanting, Intense

See it if The sparkle in her eyes as she sings you her dream of becoming noticeable is hauntingly honest and mesmerizing.

Don't see it if Lots of references near the times of the roaring and the depression years. Essentially one-woman-show telling truths of abuse in Hollywood

Also You feel for her pure naivety and bubbliness. Quite lovely even with t... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like one woman shows with some history and songs

Don't see it if You want to be uplifted....sad...

24
Banal, Cliched, Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if your ready for an evening of bad acting and singing, together with an insipid, dated story by a writer who failed script writing 101!

Don't see it if you dread the thought of listening to a woman attempting to sing like Judy Garland, but unfortunately, sounds more like Al Jolsen!

70
Ambitious, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky, Slow

See it if You really like Hollywood stories and one person shows.

Don't see it if You want a fast paced compelling night at the theatre.

72
Clever, Disappointing, Engaging storytelling, Non satisfying musically, Overrated

See it if You live for the Golden Era of Hollywood. You support Fringe type , low budget "one person shows" for its creativity and ingenuity .

Don't see it if musically you expect to be wowed and storytelling is not enough to satisfy you. If you do not enjoy golden era tales.

Also I felt it could have been better . For the admission price, it's worth... Read more Read less

70
Clever, Ambitious, Quirky, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy stories about the women of the golden age in Hollywood and their music, enjoy one-woman shows, like story telling type of plays.

Don't see it if You dont care for the music/characters from the Hollywood golden age, dont like one woman shows, are looking for a highly visual production

Also I enjoyed the story very much- a woman's perspective from that point i... Read more Read less

71
Ambitious, Great acting, Cliched, Slow, Intense

See it if You love the golden age of Hollywood, you enjoy one woman shows and shows that illuminate the challenges faced by women.

Don't see it if You are hoping for a lighthearted show or a musical

80
Absorbing, Clever, Interesting, Quirky

See it if You want to see a different show about Old Hollywood, like period pieces and/or one-person shows.

Don't see it if You're deeply rooted in today or have no interest in hearing a wonderfully told story about someone trying to be star.

Also This show is a gem. I was deeply interested throughout the entire perf... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Dated, Quirky

See it if It is a great acting play about being an actress in the 40’s in a very minimal set-up. I don’t think it still easier today.

Don't see it if You don’t appreciate in an Off-Off Broadway setting.


January 9th, 2018
“A heartbreaking look at the human cost of America's dream factory...In her performance, Hartstone disturbingly showcases the power art can wield not just over our psyches, but our physical beings...Although presented in an old-fashioned package, ‘The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign’ is a ...
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January 8th, 2018
“Hartstone has such a fine ear that she skillfully mimics not only the vocal contralto of one of her heroes--Judy Garland--but captures the speech of the era...Evie's tales about mistreated Hollywood actresses are deeply resonant...'The Girl who jumped off the Hollywood sign’ would be impressive ...
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January 10th, 2018
“The story of the tragic, would-be starlet is an old, old one, and, after a while, one begins to wonder if there is any point in this exercise in masochism…Hartstone makes Evie pitiable, but she can't quite make her interesting. Fusco's direction maintains a nice pace and, to the extent possible,...
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January 9th, 2018
“Employing a blend of fact and fiction, song and story, Ms. Hartstone transports us into a past that is nearly as unsettling as the present...Evie comes across as a powerful chronicler of the era, but not as a heroine that we are particularly rooting for...Additionally, Evie’s suicidal tendencies...
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