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Painfully Beautiful

June 9, 2019

Riveting, raw, real & a riot Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl Next Door opts for an anesthetic of darkest humour drawing you into a complex and beautiful story of healing and self-love.

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl Next Door weaves a deeply compelling tale, using a rotating triad of leads to sweep the audience through emotional currents growing ever more relatable with each passing line. Every aspect of CW/B/GND feels woven into a reality of relatability so strong you either are the women on stage, or know her. Marnie Olson (writer) weaves threads of nostalgia with painful, sadly, all too common needles of truth & experience all too common to women in our society..

Jennifer Novak Chun (director) pushes the maelstrom of pain & truth to a frenzied pace only to use dark humour, beautiful symmetry, and tension to freeze specific emotions in place. Highlighting this direction is the use of a revolving lead with three actresses weaving individual relatable arcs only to condense into a singularly unified emotion just so. Bulimic (Gloria Galvan) who gives the best face in all of Hollywood theatre aids this greatly. Her every expression a living tapestry matching and directing the emotional current on stage. A subtle pull, her reactions will make you feel what she feels as if you were living the events unfolding. Providing the physical counter to Bulimic’s emotion, Crack Whore (Elisabeth Blake) provides this physical embodiment connecting your body to the energy on stage. With Girl Next Door (Michelle Danyn), the darkest character providing the brightest through put of hopes, dreams, the wishes for our bodies and our emotions. In case you still need more humour with your dark there is alwayse Edward Alvarado (everyone else) moving through half a dozen characters through ages & drag with a lighthearted air which helps keep the darkness cut that much bit deeper.

Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl Next Door is the brightest happiest portrayal of the dark I’ve seen in lifetime-esk women’s stories; a thoroughly humorous exploration of the darkest pains. If you are a woman who has been through the dark on the way to loving herself, this is the beautiful medicine you need.


Crack Whore, Bulimic, Girl Next Door (Directed by Jennifer Novak Chun, Written by Marnie Olson) is part of Hollywood Fringe Festival 2019
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