Amanda Duarte presents a self-referential fantasia of fame and reality
“Lucky Pink Wonderland,” Amanda Duarte is shooting fish in a barrel --
fame, celebrity, child stars, reality television and People Magazine’s
readership -- but she does it well.
The premise of Duarte’s one-woman show, seen January 29 at the People’s
Improv Theater, mostly revolves around the character Pinky Peppercorn, a
former child star who’s now a struggling actress/waitress fresh out of
rehab. A few of the early scenes in the show are a bit disjointed, with
Duarte playing a couple other characters, who are belatedly tied in to
Here and there a few lines and bits do stick out, and the show does gain
momentum as it goes on. A starlet competing with Pinky for parts is
excited about getting to be in an (imagined) Eddie Murphy movie where
Murphy is the offspring of dolphins and plays multiple parts in makeup
as usual. In another scene, Duarte’s self-absorbed actress character
steals the show away from Duarte’s other character of Pinky, playing
that character chattering on during a blind date.
But the best part of Duarte’s show may well be when she takes on the
part of a bitter ex-actress who’s now Pinky’s boss in the restaurant,
who keeps blithely telling her to have a drink.
The multiplicity of fame and reality TV sub-plots in “Lucky Pink
Wonderland” do add layers to the play, to Duarte’s credit, who wrote the
show as well. A fact she pokes fun at in an aside about being reduced to
doing one-woman shows. Duarte’s show is self-referential in general, and
to savor it one has to be a real fan of the D-list and reality TV
“Lucky Pink Wonderland” has one more performance at The PIT on
Saturday, February 7.