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Pulp

a Atlanta Premiere
CATEGORY : COMEDY
by Book by Patricia Kane, Music by Andre Pluess & Amy Warren

COMPANY : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Actor's Express [WEBSITE]
ID# 1122

SHOWING : November 04, 2004 - December 18, 2004

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PRODUCTION DESCRIPTION

1950's Lesbian Pulp Fiction is the subject of this homage/cabaret, as drag kings sing and love is just as elusive as ever.


CAST & CREW LIST
Stage Manager Rita Ann Marcec
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by th8rluvr
Thursday, December 9, 2004
4.0
Having seen Kate Warner's hilarious "Debbie" at Dad's Garage, I had to check out Pulp as well.

An amazing cast is assembled here. Wendy Melkonian is back wowing us at Express and is a force to be reckoned with. Her humor and voice are outstanding. She teams up again with Beehive castmate Katie Kneeland. Other standouts are Jennifer Levinson and Hope Mirlis.

The girls are at times tough, sexy, funny and fun. Akin to Debbie, this show is a send up of a genre, and it does it very well. Good job! [POST A COMMENT REGARDING THIS REVIEW]
Guilty Pleasures
by Dedalus
Wednesday, December 1, 2004
3.0
Everything I know about Pulp Novels I learned as a pre-teen sneaking peeks at “those” books my father kept carelessly hidden in places I had no business snooping. Lurid, sexy, and possessing the literary qualities of the woodpulp they were printed on, they were nevertheless the most guilty of guilty pleasures.

“Pulp,” currently in production at Actor’s Express, is both a send-up and an homage to those Lesbian Pulps of the time that teemed with “forbidden” lusts, buxom and butch women, and teasingly provocative titles (“Satan Was A Lesbian” anyone?). The performances are a mixed bag, the punch-lines repetitive, the songs sortakinda forgettable (and too few and far between), and the characters wafer-thin. In short, it’s one of those plays it’s easy to nit-pick and take pot shots at, and a prime example of what has been described of the “lowering standards of Atlanta Theatre.”

I enjoyed it immensely.

Wendy Melkonian is Terry Logan, an ex-WAC who finds herself living and working at “The Well,” a Chicago night spot catering to ladies of “a certain nature.” She is up front and clear about her preferences, and talks out of the side of her mouth as if she were channeling Dashiell Hammett (or maybe Guy Noir). She falls instantly in love with Vivian Blaine, the wealthy owner of the place, and spends the rest of the play winning her. Other characters bounce off their orbits, and all occasionally take the stage for a “Drag King” number.

To be honest, the singing was much better than the acting, the affected dialog slightly annoying, the constant lighting “stingers” ineffective, and the outcome too predictable. But, let’s face it – the “Pulps” weren’t known for their literary quality, readers knew what to expect from them, and wanted what they had to offer. Should a theatrical homage be really any different?

The purists out there will bemoan the standards being corrupted by “too much Atlanta Theatre,” the psychologists will mumble about “getting in touch with the naughty but nice memories of childhood,” the strict Stanislavskians will soapbox about “Musical Revues being the lowest form of realism.”

To all of them, I offer a huge raspberry.

-- Brad Rudy (BKRudy@aol.com)
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