Pam Murphy's brilliant and hilarious one-woman show, Pam Murphy Like Me,
has her juggling a mishmash of oddball characters the likes of which you may find at your local Starbucks or the Betty Ford Clinic. We've all seen these losers before: the naive wife who's always in denial about her cheating husband or the pathetic 40-year-old guy lurking outside the 7-Eleven who just can't let high school go. Murphy deftly plays them and a half-dozen others with rich humor, a tinge of darkness and a relatable realism that sucks us in to her schizophrenic world. Her characters initially seem normal but soon let their neuroses bleed through. "I think there's the person we really are and then the person we try to present as ourselves," Murphy says. "These characters can't hide who they are, and most of them want to be liked or loved." There are video clips interspersed throughout the show, with one featuring Murphy as a Stepford Wife figure celebrating the joys of crafting while slowly crumbling into a deranged mess. We laugh the loudest when her characters are at their lowest. And that makes us like Pam even more. Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hlywd.; Thurs., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.; $5. (323) 908-8702.
Thu., Sept. 13, 8 p.m., 2012
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