Palmer Davis wrote and performs this amazing one-woman show with such vivaciousness and energy that you can see (and be moved by) all the people she sings to, speaks and dances about as if they were really there! The NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood presents this production of “Suburban Showgirl” with such style and personality that Palmer will tug at your heartstrings, make you laugh as well as surprise you with her dancing abilities and acrobatic skills!
With dance contributions by Keith King and the upbeat and toe-tapping music and lyrics composed and performed live by Ross Kalling, “Suburban Showgirls” was an amazing journey, semi-auto-biography. It’s a very personal journey that she delivers with such an honest passion.
Aided with some colorfully broad lighting designs and spotlights by Gregory Fuller and several costume changes throughout, this is the story of an aspiring dancer, teacher, performer and eventual professional showgirl who shows the struggles of maintaining a family life and balancing a career can be hard for any mother.
Palmer shows the real angst of disappointment, surprise and even some unexpected shocks in her life that made her not only a better performer, but a better person to write a piece like this. I really enjoyed the interplay with her daughter at her various ages and especially the finale and how she (her daughter) makes an “appearance” that will literally move you with compassion.
I have to admire a performer like Palmer who can put herself out there, maintain a strong character. All the while she has the musical chops and timing to make you laugh and relate to everything she is saying and all the people she creates for you right in front of your eyes. You have to see how talented and what a wonderful personal story this production of “Suburban Showgirls” is. Check them out at www.suburbanshowgirl.com, and you’ll be surprised at how passionate and real a single person's story can be! Bravo Palmer Davis!