Instead of making something extraordinary and gripping that honors the legacy of those in the “27 Club,” projects such as Room 105: The Highs and Lows of Janis Joplin, now playing at the Macha Theatre, are poorly realized, psychedelic, meandering concerts masquerading as musicals.
Jesse David Corti – Stage and Cinema
Sometimes touching, other times a bit wonky, the acting scenes may be in need of some minor retooling, but, man, when Hawkins starts singing, she sings the shit out of those songs.
Vincent Smetana – Cinesnatch
The brilliant and heartfelt performance by Sophie B. Hawkins, who happens to be a Grammy-nominated singer songwriter in her own right, as Joplin guides the audience through the production’s unique format.
Tatum Regan – EdgeLosAngeles
If you’re in L.A., this is an absolute must-see. There you have it; that’s all you need to know but read on if you like. If you love Janis Joplin and real rock and roll, this is a must-see. If you love American 20th century history or gender politics or simply a unique evening out, this is a must-see.
Ceebs Bailey – LASplash
Characters from her life, including family, lovers, and Dick Cavett, come and go as Hawkins divulges Joplin’s life with poignancy and humor.
Natalie Hamginson – Blvd Central
I am not really sure where to begin with my praise for Sophie B. Hawkins after seeing her commanding performance as Janis Joplin in Gig Gaston’s new musical “Room 105 – The Highs and Lows” which ended its 4-month run tonight at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. I will start by saying that Hawkins is not playing Janis Joplin – she IS Janis from the moment she literally crawls onto the stage and belts out her first number.
Shari Barrett – BroadwayWorld
ROOM 105: THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF JANIS JOPLIN
Presented by Tommy Thompson & Colleen Camp with Macha Theatre
at the Macha Theatre
1107 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood
Friday and Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm
EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 30, 2012
Tickets: (323) 960-1055
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