Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Eartha Kitt"
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note: entire contents copyright 2005 by Carl A. Rossi
She is at that phase in her career where her audiences murmur, "for her age". She looks great --- for her age. She sounds great --- for her age.
(She makes no bones about it: she is 78 years old.) Her figure is as trim as it was when she burst onto the scene over half a century ago and whenever she flashes her keyboard smile, the past and the present are one. Time has smoothed out the tight, burring vibrato and the celebrated growl now ripples hollow, but she still accents in her inimitable style: over-enunciating here, pouncing on a phrase, there. When she vamps selected men in the front row, she is no longer the tigerish courtesan but, rather, the warm and nostalgic madam. She has had a vibrant, checkered life that has taken her from a cotton plantation to the four corners of the globe and through various languages and medias; she sings she's seen it all and my dear she's still here, and she has, and she is.
She does not spend the evening dwelling on her past (there are her autobiographies, for that) --- she is here to perform, backed by piano, bass, congas and drums; a few of her trademark songs come only after others that she proceeds to make her own.
She is funny, moving and glorious to gaze upon and she is at the Stoneham Theatre for a few evenings, more; should you attend, you may thank your lucky stars for you will have seen, live and onstage, the one, the only Miss Eartha Kitt.
"Eartha Kitt" (13-17 April)
125 Main Street, STONEHAM, MA
1 (781) 279-2200