Sunday, July 17, 2016

I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers
The Edge Theatre: 7/ 15 - 7/31
  Emma Messenger( Photo Credit: Rachel Graham/RDG Photography

"If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit by me.”

    Director Josh Hartwell has cast this property well by starring Emma Messenger as Sue Mengers.

    Messenger portrays the renowned Hollywood agent, Sue Mengers in John Logan’s one-person show, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers,” now on view at The Edge Theater.
     As the agent of such stars as Barbra Streisand, Messenger commands the stage, holding court for us “poor lambs from Segundo or some such place.”
     From time to time, enthroned upon her couch, she calls disdainfully upon one of the audience members to hand her a dish or bring her a decanter of wine.  
        Messenger is delicious at delivering that “peel me a grape” brand of sarcasm one remembers from those Mae West films of the thirties.
     It’s certain that Messenger relishes the dirt dishing about such motion picture stars as Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway and Jane Fonda. Her undoing of the previously unblemished reputation of Steve McQueen with regard to his relationship with Ali McGraw is fascinating.
      The sarcasm is corrosive and the lampooning caustic. John Logan’s script allows us to really get intimate with this once timid, “fat little eight-year-old Jewess”, who left Hitler’s Germany to become a huge success as an Agent in the Hollywood of the seventies and eighties.
     Mengers’ abrasive criticism of the movie stars whose careers she built is both funny and scathingly honest. That all of these artists, whose careers she helped forge, left her one by one, saddens one. The profanity and dissing of same feels like a buffer for her bruised ego and emotions. She considered them all to be family.
A one-woman show starring CTG Henry Award winner Emma Messenger
July 15 – August 6, 2016
Fridays, Saturdays and Monday, July 25 at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 6 p.m. (closing Sunday, July 31 at 2 p.m.).
75 minutes / No Intermission
For tickets please call 303-232-0363  or go online at theedgetheater.comMarlowe's Musings

The Edge Theater is located at 1560 Teller Street in Lakewood, CO.

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