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The Whitefire Theatre Presents ”And The Beat Goes On”

The Whitefire Theatre Presents ”And The Beat Goes On”

Written and Performed by Charley Karlotta. Directed by and developed with Jessica Lynn Johnson.

Part of the Whitefire THeatre’s Solofest 2020
The Whitefire Theatre 13500 Ventura Blvd, 91423

Sometimes strength comes in thoughtful packages. 

Charley Karlotta is a thoughtful, clever, wryly hilarious performer fearlessly telling her story of trying to fit in.  As she moves through the journey of her life she brilliantly works in songs both familiar and original, all intricately selected and reworked into the themes of her show.  Awkwardness, frustration, hopefulness, hopelessness, the feeling that nobody gets her and finally finding out who she wanted to be was there all along.

Charley is charming and even as she relays her disastrous relationships. We’ve all been there. Her multitude of mishaps and mistakes, been there too!!! It’s always with hope in her heart and a strong sense that things could never get worse, although they eventually do.  Charley’s story is all about how everyone else seems to be getting it right, getting married having kids, buying houses, etc, etc, etc.  Of course, at a certain point in our lives, we realize how ridiculous it is to compare ourselves to anyone, especially as those perfect situations we all crave can unravel, and often do.

Charley Karlotta is a ‘unique’ woman with a voice all her own and I don’t just mean that she can sing, which she can.  I mean that she stands apart in solo shows because you really don’t feel like she is performing at all.  She inhabits the stage with quiet grace, gentle humor and a distinct and unremorseful presence.  She is unapologetic about who she is and how long it has taken for her to get there.  She slowly unfolds her life for us, picking away at the strands as they skillfully unravel, she opens up herself in all her flaws and missteps and shows us nothing but goodness and laughter and self-effacing wisdom.

Charley is the kind of women you want to be around.  She’s the wise best friend, the lifeline call, the hero of her own journey.  I found this show to be quirky and funny and strange in places….in a very, very good way.  She pulls no punches, she is utterly herself and it is just perfect.  The band was really excellent too!!

What do we know about each other?  Very little, of course, we can hardly know ourselves really.  When we see another person, frail as ourselves, just a person trying to figure it all out and often failing, don’t we ultimately just see ourselves?  I found myself so drawn to Charley’s story because it could have been me.  I felt her turns and twist as if they were my own.  Her sweetness and her wonderful modesty and complete lack of ego filled the stage and brought a tear to many eyes and moved us. I honestly think she may not even have noticed, not knowing just how beautifully good this solo show of hers truly is. 

Simple and funny and moving and relevant and poignant and lovely.  I absolutely loved it!!!

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros
Author: Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros

Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros is a British writer and filmmaker living In Los Angeles.