Review by Erika Delfini
Ding Dong Meow:
written and performed by Andrea Rosen
featuring the voice of John Gemberling
directed by John Flynn
To begin, let us pray, so says Andrea Rosen upon the opening of Ding Dong Meow. A love letter to cats, all the cats she has loved over the years, (in honorable mention: Sugar lump, Abbey Normal, Pirate, Chiquita Banana, Lester, Castle Rock, Tiko Oscar Boulevard), except that this is not really a show about any of the aforementioned cats. It barely even considers cats as Andrea and God make an honest attempt to entertain large groups of people, in which case:
Ding = true story, Dong = true story with character, meow = re-telling of annoying consumer letters, cookie = free cookie:
Because there are certain moments in life when you realize that you are nothing: more specifically you have nothing to really give, or so you think because your experiences in this life have been less than stellar and/or extraordinary therefore the rate at which you learn from your mistakes as opposed to not learning anything at all is pretty much non-existent. But then there is Andrea Rosen and her candid approach at reliving (maybe) more-so stellar life experiences than you will ever have (but that might be a good thing) and more importantly spreading these “life lessons” to the good people everywhere – people like you, people like me, people who own cats.
What could have possibly happened in a play about Rosa Parks as interpreted by Andrea Rosen when she was a child, playing Rosa Parks?
What are your watermelon moments? Are they significant to the shaping of the person you want to be? Have become? The person you can’t get away from?
And do you remember that scene in Dirty Dancing?
What happens when healthy adults venture off to places like Friendly’s? And what happens the morning after when everything about that trip to Friendly’s goes horribly wrong? and with regards to your significant other… ?
What’s up with the “Garys” of the world?
Is San Francisco really the same as Brooklyn? Can it be? Do we really want it to be?
…. Female related issues?
These questions, some answers, reiterations of consumer letters written by Andrea Rosen personally, certain tributes to certain people Andrea doesn’t know but feels for, can all be witnessed in one evening, at one event, in 30-40 minutes. This and much much more because there are also the moments in life when all you have are emotional break-downs. These are the moments of sheer horror, terrible embarrassment, or just the times that remind us of what it means to be human again, and consequently, how to make amends as a result. If any of the above comments do not pertain to you then maybe you should come to this show and see what’s like to live or try living, as yourself, under no influence. If this does pertain to you then come celebrate, with Andrea, and maybe her cats. (and also maybe God…)