Friday, January 16, 2015

reviews DEBBIE DOES DALLAS Nearly Naked Theatre

For information on this show, that runs through January 31st, click here.


 "Damon Dering’s Nearly Naked Theatre’s new production of the off-Broadway musical has a rough- around-the-edges look to it that is more than appropriate when you consider everyone is parodying a low-budget porno with songs.    For a musical, there aren’t many songs when there should be more and what is there are mostly too short.  You’re not going to find any social commentary slyly buried in the script; there’s nothing deep or meaningful in the send up and you’re not going to come away humming any of the tunes.   But you will laugh, particularly in the shower scene and the car wash, not to mention that when Debbie finally puts on that Texas Cowgirl uniform there might even be guys in the audience willing to add an extra ten bucks of their own.   And that’s all Nearly Naked Theatre is going for." -David Appleford, Valley Screen and Stage (click here to read the complete review)

" the wacky and wonderful Debbie Does Dallas, based on the infamous 1970’s skin flick of the same name, manages to end up being a charming, sweet laugh riot with a couple of good songs in the otherwise minimal score.  Nearly Naked Theatre’s production of the musical has a game cast, spirited direction and inventive creative elements that combine to turn this into an evening of campy, mindless fun.   It’s a delight for the non-discriminating theatregoer who doesn’t mind a little skin or sexual innuendo. Director Damon Dering has an energetic and eager cast led by Raven Woessner as Debbie. She excels in bringing the ditzy blond cheerleader with a simple dream to vibrant life with her appropriate blank confused looks, a killer body, and a good voice that makes Debbie's aspiration-filled songs soar. " -Gil Benbrook, Talkin' Broadway (click here to read the complete review)

"Debbie Benton has a simple aspiration.  She wants to be a Texas Cowgirl Cheerleader.  Achieving her simplistic dream creates a laugh riot stage musical version of the popular film... a zany but very adult joke fest that will tickle funny bones unless you are a prude and can’t enjoy offensive slams with lots of wild bad words.  I had a ball as I relaxed into the mindless stupidity.  Most importantly (Damon) Dering has gathered a fine cast that understands the musical’s zany stupidity perfectly If you are looking for a crazy, wacky, silly, but hysterically amusing camp extravaganza, you can’t go wrong with Debbie Does Dallas-Chris Curcio, KBAQ (click here to read the complete review)

"Underrehearsed and clunkily directed by Nearly Naked founder Damon Dering, the production at Phoenix Theatre manages to generate a few laughs, but not nearly as many as it should.  Raven Woessner isn't bad in the lead role, although her trying-too-hard vibrato muffles some of her musical punch lines. Indeed, the issue isn't really with any of the individual actors but with a collective lack of comic timing and a half-hearted commitment to the material. The thing is, Debbie Does Dallas is supposed to be bad. But it's not supposed to be this bad." -Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic (click here to read the complete review)


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