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LA Theater Review

Confetti Bayou: The Last Interview With Janis Joplin

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Written by Cricket Leigh, this two-character one-act features Leigh as rock diva Janis Joplin and Nicholas Vitulli as Lenny, a clean-cut guy and an admiring fan who interviews the singer shortly before her death. Soon professional journalism is out the window as their dialogue gives way to personal revelations on both sides. A relationship develops; there's a quarrel, then reconciliation; finally the pair succumb to their attraction. Leigh's worthy intent is to probe the vulnerabilities of this compelling and tragic figure, but the script rambles circuitously, and neither her rather imitative and emulative portrayal nor Vitulli's delves very deep. Brian Powell directs. ?

Powder Room Productions at the Lounge Theatre, 6021 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. Thu., June 23, 8 p.m.

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