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"Allan D. Campbell" <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 29 Oct 1997 13:15:51 -0600
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I haven't been following this line of discussion until now, so I risk
providing some redundant information here:  Lily Tomlin appears alone,
albeit as an ensemble of characters, in both the stage and screen versions
of *The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe* (stage
version, 1980s; film, 1991); and Sandra Bernhardt performs a one-woman show
in the film *Without You I'm Nothing* (1990, which I believe also
originated as simply a stage act), though the emphasis on the announcer and
the audience members (not to mention the band) might undermine its status
as a record of a solo performance.  At least another of Tomlin's one-woman
shows, an HBO special from the late 1970s that recorded a stage
performance, was at one point, and perhaps still is, available on video.
Also, a number of solo performances by contemporary female comics often
appear on U.S. cable television, Janeane Garofolo's HBO special being a
prominent recent example, and are often later released on video.  Allan
At 03:09 PM 10/28/97 -0500, Jim Marsden wrote:
>Irene Upshur wrote:
>> Does anyone have a handy list of videos that are one-woman performances?
>> The performances can be from the stage, screen, or TV.
>_Bronte_, 1983, with Julie Harris
>_A Room of One's Own_, 199?, with Eileen Atkins as Virginia Woolf
>(available from Arthur Cantor Films, NY, 212-496-5710)
>_Stevie_, 1978, with Glenda Jackson as poet Stevie Smith (along with someone
>playing her aunt, but as I recall the film is mostly a one-woman
>I think Julie Harris playing Emily Dickinson (_The Belle of Amherst_)
>appeared on PBS years ago, but I don't think the performance was ever
>released on video.
>Jim Marsden/Bryant College
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