"Poor Baby Bree's performance is a haunting, deeply touching, spot-on evocation of a moment in the distant theatrical past, yet with a very cool and effortless post-modern twist. It is also profoundly funny." -- Charles Busch
"When I first saw Bree it was like being transported into another era. It was astounding. Her voice, her songs about things people don't sing about anymore, her sadness and cleverness -- it made me laugh and cry at the same time. What an amazing performer!" -- Laurie Anderson.
Built around creator Bree Benton's portrayal of Poor Baby Bree, an archetypal waif, I Am Going to Run Away weaves a tragicomic narrative of innocence and loss around seventeen obscure vaudeville and parlor songs (dating from the 1890s -1930s), collected through archival research into period sheet music, along with Victorian-era sentimental poetry and Benton’s original writing. Songs in the show include: "I'm Just a Rose (in the Devil's Garden)," "I'll Pin Another Petal on the Daisy," and "Soap, the Oppressor."
The models for Benton's alter ego include icons of silent and early sound cinema (Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, The Little Rascals, The Bowery Boys), filmed documents of forgotten vaudeville comedians (the Foy family, Joe Frisco), and vocalists from Eddie Cantor to Ruby Keeler. Writing in Time Out New York, critic and music historian James Gavin (Intimate Nights, Stormy Weather) asks, "What led her to adopt this antique persona? So hauntingly does she inhabit it that you may conclude that Bree Benton is not of this time, nor even this world."
Musical director: Franklin Bruno
Fri. Oct. 1, 10 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 2, 10 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 3, 5:30 p.m.
Fri., Oct 8, 10 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 9, 10 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m.
Theater: La Mama (club)
Address: 74A E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10003
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