“They think I’m stupid and I like it.” Winner of the 2007 Critic’s Choice Award for Best Fringe Production, Laura Harris portrays comedic actor Judy Holliday. Judy Holliday, Oscar winner for 1950′s Born Yesterday, was a 170-IQ genius who specialized in playing dumb blondes – an act that held her in good stead when she was hauled before Senator McCarthy’s inquisitors in 1952 on suspicion of having communist sympathies. That part of her too-short life is the subject of this evocative play starring Laura Harris.Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 8:00pm
Friday, March 26, 2010 at 9:00pm
Location: 27 Dundurn St N
***** -“Harris sparkles as Holliday,” Victoria’s Steve Carey Times Colonist.
“Laura Anne Harris is brilliant in Pitch Blond,” writes Vancouver’s, Rifting Rifts Magazine.
“Harris makes smooth transitions from character to character and scene to scene, and she adopts Holliday’s high-pitched, New York dialect very convincingly. I particularly like the use of historical audio clips in the production, and the emotional journeys throughout the piece,” writes Calgary’s FFWD magazine.
“Pitch blond is an absorbing one-woman show,” writes Elizabeth Maupin from the Orlando Sentinel.
“Harris portrays Holliday with an advances sense of irony,” writes the Ottawa Citizen.
“Harris is an excellent actor and reacts brilliantly and beautifully to unseen stimuli on stage, creating a compelling characterization for the audience. The line between character and performer is blurred, and the audience’s sympathies are won,” writes Edmonton’s Vue Weekly
This play offers a historical interpretation of Judy Holliday’s appearance before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, incorporating flashbacks of her life as she responds to questions. Pitch Blond is directed by Judith McDowell and features Bill Miller as the voice of the main prosecutor and Jason Stevens as various other voice overs.
This play is a tribute to Judy Holliday’s strength of character and a revelation of several unknown aspects of her life.