She's a Housewife in Blue, but how blue can she be? Lisa Ann Orkin, who created and stars as a modern twist on the happy-go-lucky cooker and cleaner of the '50s ideal, appears again for a second run of her show, playing Sundays at Los Angeles' Bitter Truth Playhouse starting Jan. 20.
A raunchy comedy about the postmodern housewife, Blue literally describes the humor and our heroine's mood. She was once a teenage dancing queen but has suddenly found herself saddled with a high-school sweetheart who is now a no-good husband and the father of her several kids. The only way out is the popular American solution to marital problems — divorce.
Orkin (DaDa at La Jolla Playhouse) stars as the Housewife in Blue with backup from The P.T.A. and the band Supportive Spouse. Carol Thomas as Gertrude and Nora Linden as Mabel make up the P.T.A. while Matt Vinson and Michael "Snoopy" James are Supportive Spouse.
Housewife in Blue plays through Feb. 10. The Bitter Truth Playhouse is located at 11050 Magnolia Boulevard in North Hollywood. For reservations, call (818) 841-6669. Housewife in Blue is on the web at http://www.jmsvideo.com/HW/HWinblu.html.
— By Christine Ehren