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Review: 'Is That Your Reel Hair?'



4 stars

Indy Fringe Theatre; through June 25.

From the swing of her earrings to the sparkle of her shoe straps, Tiffanie Bridges' super-size talent explodes the consequences of her "sixth-grade hair fiasco." No painful childhood memory is left behind in this funny yet poignant one-woman show. On the way "to liberating myself from the bane of my existence," Bridges morphs into the television personalities she absorbed from hours and hours of watching MTV, variety shows and sitcoms during self-imposed banishment in her home "until my hair could grow out."

The simple setting consists of a stock of wigs and a makeup vanity, but your memory of those shows fills the space as Bridges morphs into superstars. She's got a face comparable to Red Skelton's ability to look like anybody and everybody. Her vocal range is eye-popping and with astonishing body flexibility to mimic the memorable moves she lures us into believing she's "every woman" including Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Cher and a host of others we choose not to reveal because we hope Bridges will show up on stage during the Aug. 19-28 Fringe Festival so everyone who missed her premiere gets a chance to experience the sumptuous show.

Her dialogue is sharp, smart and situated just right to get audience participation when she wants it. Welcome to a sparkling new theater personality.


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