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‘The Resistible Rise of JR Brinkley’ – United Theater Company No. 61

Written and directed by Edward Einhorn

The true story of a 1920’s con man (JR Brinkley) who made a fortune selling his impotence cure: surgically implanted goat testicles. He then became a radio star and a successful politician. A Brechtian parable about American Greatness, told with country music.John Blaylock was narrator, Blind Cowboy and Clyde Reed. Great performance!Minnie Brinkley (Jenny Lee Mitchell) and  JR Brinkley (Trav SD) broadcasting from his radio station

Julia Hoffman (Fishbein, Laura & others) back to back with Jenny Lee Mitchell.

 JR Brinkley (Trav SD) giving one of his heated political speeches.

Julia Hoffmann performing one of the other characters so played so well.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) telling his story about the successful operation by JR.Brinkley.

JR Brinkley (Trav SD) and Fishbein (Julia Hoffman) go head to head about medical malpractice.

Jimmy (Craig Anderson) preaching on the radio show of Minnie(Jenny Lee Mitchell) and JR Brinkley.(Trav SD.)

Arrangements: Tom Berger
Music Direction: Richard Philbin
Costume Designer: Ramona Ponce
Lighting Designer : Jeff Nash
Scenic Artist: Eric Shanower
Stage Manager: Berit Johnson
Assistant Director: Becca Silbert
Graphic Design (image above): Clinton Corbett

“A fresh, energetic, biting satire that deconstructs the power of the con man and the charming story teller” Show Biz

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The Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Nightmare Alley” by William Lindsay Gresham

Nightmare Alley

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him.

And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he’s going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute bimbo (before long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan’s for the taking. At least for now.

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Mr. Gresham yanked the reviewer into the midst of his macabre and compelling novel, and kept him a breathless captive until the tour was over. It’s a truly rewarding whirl through his nightmare alley, adding up to Grade—A guignol with a touch of black magic about it. If you enjoy hundred—proof evil—and a cogent analysis of same with your nightcap—then, in the words of the Ten-in-One barker, hurry, hurry, hurry!
James MacBride, The New York Times

Gresham…wrote with vivid punch and a close understanding of the carnival world.
— Los Angeles Times

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