GAL APPROVED! Three Shows You Wouldn’t Think To Watch, But Should! Gaslit, Islander & How The Hell Did I Get Here?By Delaina Dixon | April 22, 2022 | Gal Approved
Expand your cultural plains with these projects!
Martha WAS RIGHT
TV seems hellbent on teaching us about history, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have a little fun while doing it. Gaslit, Starz’s newest true-to-life series, is a modern take on Watergate that focuses on untold stories and one of its most intriguing characters Martha Mitchell. Martha was married to Nixon’s loyal Attorney General, John Mitchell. Despite her party affiliation, she was the first person to publicly sound the alarm on Nixon’s involvement in Watergate.
Julia Roberts takes on the role of Martha, who loved an evening cocktail and calling reporters in the wee hours of the night to talk about her husband and cohorts’ misdeeds. As Attorney General, John Mitchell was Nixon’s most trusted advisor and best friend. Temperamental, foul-mouthed and ruthless – yet hopelessly in love with his famously outspoken wife – he was forced to choose between Martha and the President, and let’s just say it doesn’t turn out well for her.
Roberts’ natural Southern drawl beautifully comes to play here as the Arkansas-born Martha. She floats from room to room, seemingly only interested in her TV appearances and being on magazine covers, but Martha’s got sharp insight that will soon cause both the Presidency and her personal life to unravel. Sean Penn is unrecognizable as John Mitchell and tosses off some very funny lines showcasing his knack for humor. While there aren’t many people of color involved in this scenario, it’s an interesting look back on American history when women were fighting for equal rights, protests against the war in Vietnam were the norm, and the new era of Civil Rights laws would affect the future of America for all its citizens.
Gaslit premieres Sunday, April 24 on Starz.
Take A Trip To This Island
Eilidh stares out to sea and dreams of a new life beyond her lonely island. Myth and reality collide when the tide washes a mysterious stranger onto her beach, changing her life forever. This is Islander, the Scottish-based musical now playing in New York City. It’s a simple story of a young girl who longs for a friend and finds one embedded in her island’s mystical folklore. What’s incredible about this production is its two gifted performers. Kirsty Findlay and Bethany Tennick, who originated the roles, play all of the show’s many characters, adding different voices, accents and body movements that make you believe you are watching a cast of 10. On top of that, all the music and sounds in the show are created live by them every night using just a loop station and pedal on stage. Making their own sound effects and repetitive sounds that are captured by this machine, it’s an incredible display of what the human voice can do. Islander is the first production to play in the newly designed and renovated PLAYHOUSE 46 at St Luke’s. Get tickets here.
How The Hell Did She Get Here?
Love Downton Abbey? One of our favorite spots in New York City, The McKittrick Hotel, is hosting the New York premiere of How the Hell Did I Get Here?, a one-woman show starring Downton Abbey’s Mrs. Patmore, actress Lesley Nicol. Playing a strictly limited engagement in The Club Car through May 8, Nicol shares her life journey through masterful storytelling and ten original songs. It’s a journey from her childhood through her time as a working actor to her success on Downton Abbey. Basically, it’s how an autobiography should be told! Find out everything you wanted to know about the actress behind Mrs. Patmore and get your tickets today.
photo credits: Starz, Maria Baranova for Islander, Michael Brosilow for How The Hell Did I Get Here?