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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

61
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.

72
Great acting, Resonant, Ambitious, Banal, Slow

See it if you like Hollywood old movies, stars, and music.

Don't see it if you like neither one person show nor Hollywood's old days.

69
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

75
Intelligent, Relevant, Romantic, Thought-provoking

See it if If you adore Hollywood, but are especially romantic about the old studio days.

Don't see it if You need the story onstage to connect to some larger existential human drive (something more grounding than simply the desire to be famous).

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to hear interesting stories of what life was like during the the 30's and 40's with some songs sprinkled in

Don't see it if are not a fan of one woman shows or interested in Hollywood during the Golden Age

70
Great singing, Relevant

See it if you like great singing of the throwback days.

Don't see it if want great staging or absorbing storyline.

85
Great singing, Clever, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You like to look back on Hollywood history.

Don't see it if You need the main storyline to start right away.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You want to learn about the dark side of Hollywood

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows, looking for amazing singing/dancing

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if If you like Old Hollywood stories of the film industry and the people in it.

Don't see it if One woman show of heart breaking stories.

87
Enchanting, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Great singing

See it if If you like Hollywood history

Don't see it if Are looking for a more comfortable theater

55
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.

78
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy one actor shows with music

Don't see it if Darker content

80
Clever, Ambitious

See it if ...you'd like to see a dark tale of Hollywood at its most ruthless, echoing where we are right now, performed with huge commitment

Don't see it if ...you don't like solo shows or expect full blown musical numbers!


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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