October 16, 2006

Recipe for a hit: show about dumb celebrity

Filed under: 2cents,Listings,Press Releases — offoffbway @ 10:24 am

Oblivious To Everyone
Photo by Robbie Renfrow

Not to knock anyone’s success – we’re thrilled when an off-off show moves to a larger theater – but it seems that our obsession with celebrities spans all mediums, even off-off Broadway theater. Case in point: Oblivious To Everyone, a show about none other than Paris Hilton. (We were going to say “celebutard” or some other trendy insult but it seems… unfair.) Not that we’re cynical (yesweare) but is this all it takes to move a show? Do it about the same moron that every celebrity weekly puts on their cover?
OK, to be fair, we haven’t seen it. Maybe it’s good. We just hope this doesn’t lead to every enterprising nitwitty young FringeFest wannabe putting out a show about Nicole Richie or Lindsay Lohan.
Again, though, we don’t begrudge anyone their success. Oblivious To Everyone – may it run ten years.
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New York, NY – After a successful run at this summer’s NY International
Fringe Festival, Oblivious To Everyone returns to NYC for a limited
engagement on Theatre Row from October 27th to November 18th. Oblivious To
Everyone is a one-woman schizophrenic comedy written and performed by
Jessica Lynn Johnson, and directed by Christopher Sorensen (Americana
Absurdum). Performances will take place at The Studio Theatre in the Theatre
Row Complex (410 West 42 St.) in NYC.

“The show is hilarious! But the theme, it’s quite serious.” – Fox 5
News/Toni Senecal

“Johnson skillfully plays 10 characters, perfectly capturing them all, from
a porn star to a womanizer on Elimidate.” The Village Voice

“A bravura performance by Johnson that ranks as the best surprise of this
year’s Fringe Festival.” – NYTheatre.com

“An excellent one-woman show about the power of the media.” – Back Stage

“A highly entertaining solo show…definitely worth seeing.” – Theater Mania

Oblivious To Everyone explores the media’s portrayal of and influence on the
style and psyche of the modern woman. The play centers around the character
of Carrie, a self-proclaimed smut-aholic and avid talk show watcher, who is
seeking psychiatric evaluation after repeated complaints from friends and
family about her alleged multiple ‘personalities’. Rapidly flipping
identities like TV stations, the audience will discover just how oblivious
this Paris Hilton wannabe really is.

Playwright/Performer Jessica Lynn Johnson received her BFA in Theatre
Performance from Missouri State University where she was granted both the
John Goodman and Kathleen Turner talent scholarships. At Harvard, she
studied with Yuri Yeremin as part of the Moscow Art Theater’s Stanislavsky
Summer Academy Program. Since arriving in NYC only a year ago from St.
Charles, Missouri, Jessica has guest starred as Beverly on One Life To Live
and portrayed both Daisy Duke in CMT’s promo for The Dukes of Hazzard and
Onion Girl in MTV’s national promo for The Reality Show. For more info on
the show and Jessica visit http://www.jessicalynnjohnson.com.

Director Christopher Sorensen is a graduate of the Rutgers Professional
Actor Training Program (MFA) where he studied under William Esper. He has
since gone on to direct/teach at Cornell University, the American Academy of
Dramatic Arts, the Atlantic Theatre Company School and Interlochen Center
for the Arts. He is one of the original members of The Present Company (NYC)
and was a cast member in the Edinburgh Fringe First Award-Winning production
of Americana Absurdum by Brian Parks.

PERFORMANCE INFO: The Studio Theatre in the Theatre Row Complex (410 West 42
St.) between 9 & 10 Avenues in NYC. Limited Engagement: October 27th –
November 18th, 2006. Performances run Fri 10/27, Sat 10/28, Fri 11/3, Sat
11/4, Wed 11/15, Thu 11/16 & Sat 11/18 @7pm. Tickets are $15 and can be
purchased by calling 212-279-4200 or visiting http://www.ticketcentral.com.
Running time is 75 minutes with no intermission. Appropriate for ages 17 &
up. Trains: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, N, Q, R, S, W to 42nd St.
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1 Comment »

  1. […] Photo by Robbie Renfrow We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: make a show about a dumb celebrity, then just sit back and count your money. OK, it’s not quite that easy, and presumably Oblivious To Everyone is pretty good or it wouldn’t be extending. That said, if this were a one-woman show about, say, Florence Kling Harding (she was President Harding’s wife! Come on, you knew that!), odds are it wouldn’t have captured the public’s imagination in quite the same way. We begrudge no one their success – and we say again, may it run ten years. Press release follows. Enjoy. OBLIVIOUS TO EVERYONE, A ONE-WOMAN PLAY ABOUT THE MEDIA’S FIERCE IMPACT ON WOMEN, EXTENDS ON NYC’S THEATRE ROW New York, NY – A real success story is happening on Theatre Row as the sleeper hit of The 2006 NY International Fringe Festival goes into its second extension. Oblivious To Everyone is a social satire written and performed by Jessica Lynn Johnson, and directed by Christopher Sorensen (Americana Absurdum). Performances will take place from December 1st to December 16th at The Studio Theatre in the Theatre Row Complex (410 West 42 St.) in NYC. […]

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