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Fringe review: Skinny Dipping - Not Your Mama's One-Woman Show

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Skinny Dipping — Not Your Mama's One-Woman Show
Shanna Shrum; Chicago
4 Stars

Even without the slightest interest in Liza Minnelli — to whom the show pays tribute — I found Skinny Dipping to be an enthralling, well-balanced show of character-based comedy and subtle drama. Shanna Shrum's intensity was supported by her vast talent as she went through a handful of intertwining dialogues — each featuring its own unique character. This performance is a complete package; it manages to cut through layers of depth that most hour-long shows fail to, and Shrum is able to do it all by herself.It is incredibly dynamic, especially for a one-woman show, and Shrum's dark sense of humor is a refreshing surprise.

Phoenix Theatre: Friday, Aug. 27, 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 28, 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.

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