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BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!

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BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#0
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:02pm
I desire to pick your brains here and ask your FAVORITE "One Person Shows", now, I am talking about only ONE PERSON onstage through the whole show, So something like Chita's new show wouldn't count due to the chorus/dancers.
I'll throw out my 3 Favorites to start you off:
"TRU" with Bobby Morse
"Lucifer's Child" - with the DIVINE Miss Julie Harris
and of course - the REAL HUM DINGER -
"Elaine Stritch: At Liberty"
Please add any or tell me you liked one of these too, That would be nice and I adore ONE person Shows! Now, THAT's Entertainment!!
(I would have LOVED to add Miss Tomlin's show as well, But I never had the pleasure, I only saw that made for showtime "FILM" of it when I am so sure it was better with Lily & a bare stage!)
P.S> Whoopi can do no wrong either!!
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#1
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:04pm
Nothing could ever compare to Carol Channing's THE FIRST 80 YEARS ARE THE HARDEST. Nothing.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#2
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:06pm
Zoe Caldwell in LILLIAN. Not the best, but a mesmerizing evening.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#3
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:07pm
I'm still upset that I missed Whoopi.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#4
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:13pm
Oh DollyPop, Please forgive me, I totally forgot about Miss Channing, Yes, She is and was and always shall be AMAZING at ANY age, Hell, She IS Carol Channing!! Did you ever see her in "Lorelei"?? That is the one I ALWAYS desired to see but missed, and from the little bumps & grinds she does in "Little Rock", I KNOW I missed a LOT!! p.s. CICILLA SISSON RULES!!! (What album was that routine on? Is it still available??)
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#5
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:18pm
the blonde in the thunderbird
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#6
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:20pm
"In My Life"

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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#7
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:22pm
A few of the best I've seen (off the top of my head):

Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music -- Extraordinary
Elaine Stritch At Liberty
The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
Ian McKellan's Acting Shakespeare
Full Gallop (with Mary Lousie Wilson)
Paul Robeson (with James Earl Jones)
Fully Committed (with Mark Setlock)
I Am My Own Wife (with Jefferson Mays)
The Belle of Amherst (with Julie Harris)
Resident Alien (about Quentin Crisp with Bette Bourne)
Gertrude Stein (Pat Carroll)


"What a story........ everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at her rear end." -- Birdie [http://margochanning.broadwayworld.com/] "The Devil Be Hittin' Me" -- Whitney
Updated On: 12/4/05 at 11:22 PM
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#8
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:42pm
Margo - How was "Resident Alien"? I never got to read nor see it but I was a friend of Mr. Crisp. God, How I miss that man!!!
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#9
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:44pm
Shakespeare For My Father - Lynn Redgrave
A Room Of One's Own - Claire Bloom
Have I ever shown you my Shattered Dreams box? It's in my Disappointment Closet. - Marge Simpson
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#10
Posted: 12/4/05 at 11:44pm
oops
Have I ever shown you my Shattered Dreams box? It's in my Disappointment Closet. - Marge Simpson
Updated On: 12/4/05 at 11:44 PM
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#11
Posted: 12/5/05 at 12:28am
Elaine Stritch at Liberty
By far one of the best nights of theatre that I have ever had. I wish she would come back to broadway soon.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#12
Posted: 12/5/05 at 12:37am
Mario Cantone's Laugh Whore
I Am My Own Wife
Anything with Jackie Mason
<------ Me and my friends with patti Lupone at my friends afterparty for her concert with audra mcdonald during the summer of 07.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#13
Posted: 12/5/05 at 12:45am
Patrick Stewart - "A Christmas Carol"
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#14
Posted: 12/5/05 at 12:45am
Patrick Stewart - "A Christmas Carol"
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#15
Posted: 12/5/05 at 12:51am
Bea Arthur: Just Between Friends

It was thge most amazing show, she was amazing and her pianist (Billy Goldberg) is too cute.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#16
Posted: 12/5/05 at 12:55am
I enjoyed Tovah in "Golda's Balcony" and Billy in "700 Sundays"... can't think of any other one person shows I've seen other than those, but both were wonderful.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#17
Posted: 12/5/05 at 12:59am
Two I don't see mentioned are:
GIVE 'EM HELL HARRY, James Whitmore
MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!, Hal Holbrook.

Ultimately, I think THE SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE is in a class by itself.

And I am too much in awe/love/lust with Ian McKellen to objectively evaluate his evening of Shakespeare.
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#18
Posted: 12/5/05 at 1:16am
Henry Fonda - Clarence Darrow
Frank Gorshin - Say Goodnight Gracie
Len Cariou - Papa
Tovah Feldsha - Golda's Balcony
Robert Morse - Tru
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#19
Posted: 12/5/05 at 1:19am
I don't know about the 'best' one person show, but...
I had the pleasure of seeing 700 Sundays last night (if SF), and enjoyed it a great deal. So, it's my current favorite one person show.
"Yeah, Clarissa, explain it all."
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#20
Posted: 12/5/05 at 6:28am
Tru
I Am My Own Wife
Shakespeare for My Father
Whoopi (The original 1984 production)

ETA: Totally forgot about Stritch (bad Meffie).
Updated On: 12/5/05 at 06:28 AM
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#21
Posted: 12/5/05 at 7:41am
I Am My Own Wife
Elaine Stritch at Liberty
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#22
Posted: 12/5/05 at 8:09am
Corin Redgrave's Tynan
Miriam Margolyes' Dickens' Women
Alan Bennett's Talking Heads (although not strictly one person - each scene is one person)
Maureen Lipmann as Joyce Grenfell in Re:Joyce

Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell - all right it's not one man but it's a tour de force for the actor playing Jeffrey Bernard...
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#23
Posted: 12/5/05 at 8:32am
Jackie Hoffman. (Joe's)
Laugh Whore- (Cantone)
Elaine Stritch (At Liberty)
Dame Edna (The Royal Tour)
Updated On: 12/5/05 at 08:32 AM
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re: BEST ONE PERSON SHOWS!#24
Posted: 12/5/05 at 9:59am
Sir John Gielgud -- THE AGES OF MAN

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