Theater Review: “The Real Housewife of Chesterfield County”
Humor, ideas, and sung satire can entertain audiences while provoking them to think. Oh, wait… or is it to drink? All could apply to “The Real Housewife of Chesterfield County,” Richmond Triangle Players’ latest sell-out cabaret of the season on June 23.
This “cocktail friendly” show featured resident talent Georgia Rogers Farmer and the Likewise Jazz Trio, based in Greensboro, NC. As Farmer’s third appearance directing and starring in a “one woman, three musician” show at Richmond Triangle Players, the audience was an evident variety of newcomers and loyal “Farmer Fans.”
From Farmer’s classical jazz cover of Black Eyed Peas’ Boom Boom Pow, to her ukulele rendition of the Drunk Puppy Song, she dished numerous life lessons, including how to bake bacon cupcakes and why you shouldn’t buy a puppy when you’re drunk.
She then showcased a softer side with a dream-like rendition of “Into the Woods’” No One is Alone paired with Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors.
The show transitioned easily from raw comedy to heartfelt sentiment, then back again numerous times with Farmer’s engaging dialogue and beguiling wit. Farmer’s charming delivery accompanied by the adept, soulful Likewise Jazz Trio (pianist John Trotta, bassist Art Wise and drumist Phil Pierce) led this two-act cabaret into rounds of applause, calling for an encore.
After a belting performance of Lady Gaga’s You and I, Farmer returned to stage for a second standing ovation. She finished the double encore off with an obvious crowd favorite, The Girl from 14 G, showcasing a powerful four-octave like range.
This latest successful installment of an engaging, athletic (yes, there were handstands) and rioting cabaret, leads one to assume that one woman and three musicians will soon return to RTP, unleashing more ironic enlightenment and “good ole” entertainment upon us all.
GEORGIA ROGERS FARMER was last seen at RTP in her sellout cabarets “Lies My Martini Told Me” and “High Notes & Low Standards.” She was nominated for an RTCC award for Best Actress in a Musical for their smash hit, “[title of show].” A native of North Carolina, Georgia has been featured in productions with Swift Creek Mill Theatre, North Carolina Theatre, Triad Stage, Broach Theatre, Temple Theatre, among others. See more information at www.georgiarogersfarmer.com.
A recent NYC transplant, I'm a writer, dancer, foodie, clothing lover, and sriracha supporter. Having lived in RVA for seven years, I completely adore the River City, and still spend as many days as I can rock-laying on the James. A self proclaimed "vintage voyeur," I think the arts scene of any city can reveal so much... not only about our past, but also our modern day, and where we need to go from here.
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