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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)


Ambitious, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

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

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

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

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.

Ambitious, Good-concept, Disappointing

See it if My favorite part was about the Hollywood Canteen and the character’s role there. I liked how she entwined cinema history with the story

Don't see it if The story line needs to be tightened. I didn’t really connect to why the character might be depressed enough to commit suicide.

Disappointing, Great writing, Good acting, Good staging, Weak singing

See it if You are interested in emerging work

Don't see it if You only want to see polished shows

Also Joanne Hartstone wrote a wonderful play and selected great songs to en... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Cliched, Slow, Great singing, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy allusions to great Hollywood stars of yesteryear.

Don't see it if You are bored of hearing about the trials and tribulations of an aspiring actress.

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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