To tell the truth, I attended this show with a few reservations. I mean… a one-woman show about hair? The performance quickly put my apprehensions to rest. This show is for reel.
Tiffanie Bridges is a One-woman Whirlwind
I’ve pondered how to describe her show. It’s a one-woman revival with storytelling, stand-up comedy, group participation, diva vocals, and a message. That’s a tough combination to pull off, but she did it. She began by retelling a personal experience. When she was in the sixth grade her mother attempted to relax Tiffanie’s hair—instead she burnt it. Her hair had to be cut nearly to the scalp. Remember how cruel six-graders can be? For Tiffanie, it was the beginning of a lifelong quest for self-esteem. She found it and shares her story with us using pure entertainment. I was having so much fun I almost forgot there was a lesson being shared.
This Girl Can Sing
No, that’s not quite right, she can wail. I sing on weekends in a rock band, and I’m telling you, I wish I had her pipes. Throughout her show, she chose uplifting material presented in the original singer’s style while donning a wig that matched the performer’s hair. The audience became her background singers, you should have heard the four ladies seated behind me. We vocalized to Diana Ross, Cher, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and more. At one point Tiffanie, using a brush as a microphone prop, leaned over to an audience member who grabbed the mic….I mean brush, and sang into it.
She is Funny
It wasn’t only the wigs, gags, and jokes, her vocal impersonations were spot on and hilarious. I almost lost it when while signing Cher’s, “I Believe” she paused, wagged her tongue, brushed back her hair, and pulled one strand of hair out of her mouth. This show is funny.
And…There’s a Message
Although it was the story of an African American, pre-teen girl’s battle for self-esteem, I, a boomer generation white male could relate. Who hasn’t fought for self- image? After the show, Tiffanie thanked us for attending. She talked a little more about her journey, and she told us how much it meant to her that she was privileged to share her story with us. I was seated in the front row. I could see the goose bumps forming on her arms and the tears in her eyes. This lady is for reel. Go see this show, but only if you want to laugh, sing, clap, and be moved.
Saturday, August 15, 2015 – 10:30pm
Sunday, August 16, 2015 – 3:00pm
Monday, August 17, 2015 – 6:00pm
Friday, August 21, 2015 – 9:00pm
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – 6:00pm
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