Margaret Cho's acclaimed solo show, I'm the One That I Want, ends its 40-city national tour, June 17, in the city that started it all: New York. She'll play Town Hall that night only, at 8 PM.
The popular Off-Broadway show, which earned a MAC cabaret award for its 11-week run at the Westbeth Theatre Center, is based on her experiences as the first Asian-American to star in her own sitcom. It chronicles Cho's meteoric rise and near-fatal demise during and after the groundbreaking television series, "All American Girl." The ABC sitcom was the first network series to feature an Asian family coping with generational, cultural and assimilation issues.
When ABC cancelled the show, Cho descended into a highly publicized bout of depression and drug/alcohol addiction. She continued to perform as a stand-up comedian for thousands of fans in top comedy clubs and on college campuses and, now 31, has a new audience that embraces her honesty about showbusiness and her personal demons.
An independent film of the solo show premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival (June 10) and will also play at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival July 2, and be released nationally later in the summer.
Visit Margaret Cho's tour website www.margaretcho.net. Tickets for I'm the One That I Want are $30-$40 and available by calling (212) 307-4100.
-- By David Lefkowitz
and Kenneth Jones