The Art of the Little Revue with Antje Birnbaum, reading and singing, Ákos Hoffmann, clarinet, and Nicolai Juretzka, piano
To refer to Dorothy Parker in the conciliatory, apologetic vocabulary of common obituaries would be more likely to anger than flatter the most acerbic author of the 20th century herself. Or was there another side hidden in the petite woman? One that always breathed an unmistakable tragedy into her mercilessness in words and boldness in deeds? She kept her critical eye on everything that moved within society. She succeeded not only as a journalist and critic, but also as a poet, in striking at the heart of the America of the Roaring Twenties. Dorothy Parker drank too much, loved too much and too dramatically, lived in hotel rooms, blasphemed with perseverance, and was unhappy all her life.
Inspired by her unique personality, SWINGIN' WORDS dedicated their revue to Dorothy Parker. The trio creates an exciting, illustrious and extraordinary evening with original compositions, songs, playful scenes, lyrics and wonderful musical arrangements from ragtime to spirituals, from New Orleans jazz to swing.