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A Conversation with Edith Head  - One4Review

This is a class production. It is so spot on in many different ways. Take the choice of venue for a start. The Studio in Hill Street Theatre is big enough to seat I suppose around 100 people. Therefore, it is big enough to give an audience ‘buzz’ but not to big to see every nuance of Susan Claassen’s fascinating and spellbinding performance. Also, it allows Ms Claassen to engage in charming and witty conversation with the audience. Moreover, the set is visible showing an array of photographs of the stars she dressed and the full recreations of two of her ball gowns. Who was Edith Head? Some facts and figures will demonstrate her importance in Hollywood film history. She was involved in over 1000 films; she won 8 Academy Awards; she dressed numerous stars such as Mae West, Bette Davis and Grace Kelly; she worked for directors such as Cecil B DeMille and Alfred Hitchcock. Thus her output was prodigious over a 58 year period and few of us have not seen an Edith Head creation either in film or photograph. This imagined ‘Conversation’ is set in 1981 just before she died at the age of 84. She recounts her life in the film industry, taking questions from the audience and even suggesting ways of improving their mode of dress – all done with great style. This is a must see show for film buffs but, if you are not, go along for the sheer entertainment value. *****

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