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Hollywood Fringe 2014 experience Day Four (part one)

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My fourth day of shows at the Hollywood Fringe Festival reminded me of two very important goals of good theatre - to entertain and to educate. First up was the production of Daughter Of at the Three Clubs Lounge.

I have been a fan of the musical and movie Best Little Whorehouse in Texas all my life, and have been lucky enough to see both. Although I never saw the Broadway play, I did see a rousing production of it in Palm Springs a few years ago. As for the movie, I have seen it a multitude of times and have the DVD and soundtrack. To get the chance to see a show about the writer of this wonderful musical and to learn about the back story was a dream come true.

Carol Hall wrote that incredible show, and Daughter of was a product of her daughter, Susannah Blinkoff. The show did not let me down and I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.

My dear friend Ezra Buzzington (Crossbones) shared a table with me and we had some delightful conversation about Whorehouse, since he had a close friend that was in the Broadway production.

Imagine my surprise when the show opened with my favorite song from the musical - Hard Candy Christmas. It became immediately apparent that this would be a very entertaining journey. Blinkoff interspersed performances of her mom's songs with dialogue about her mother and her career, providing the backdrop for what was going on before, during and after she created the magic.

Without giving too much away, the show included performances of four songs from Whorehouse, the first big cut her mom had with an unknown artist named Barbra Streisand (Jenny Rebecca), a performance that started out on vinyl and segued into a live performance of Ain't Love Easy, and Parents are People from the hit show Free to be . . . You and Me. Blinkoff closed out her show with five incredible creations of her own, including her latest single, My Time Now.

Daughter Of is one of the most entertaining shows I have seen this year. Remaining performances are on June 23 at 8 p.m. and June 29 at 6 p.m. Don't miss this gem :)

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