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LA Theater Review

Betty

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Having spent a summer in my teens touring with Betty Hutton in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," I might be a harder critic to win over than most, yet writer Shelby Bond's crafty concept did the trick, with Hutton (Kellydawn Malloy) discussing her life and mercurial career with the audience as a press corps. Equipped with subjects to broach, each answer concluding with a song by the troubled star Bob Hope dubbed a "vitamin pill with legs," Malloy has perfected Hutton's signature squinty smile, although the alternate wide-eyed look of feigned surprise needs practice—right after she loses the cheat-sheet taped to the dressing-room tabletop—if the show continues to be explored.

Presented by Lone Star Laurels at Theatre Asylum, 6320 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood. Sat., June 19, 1 p.m.; Sun., June 20, 5:30 p.m.; Mon.-Tue., June 21-22, 7 p.m.; Sun., June 27, 4 p.m. (866) 811-4111 or www.hollywoodfringe.org.

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