Mrs. Smith, aka David Hanbury, is back at OBERON after a sold-out performance of Mrs. Smith Presents… as part of the inaugural Emerging America Festival in 2011. Mrs. Smith's inimitable antics are on full display in her latest one-woman musical-comedy extravaganza. MRS. SMITH LIVE!
Mrs. Smith has been searching for her beloved cat, Carlyle, for two-and-a-half years. To get over this “personal apocalypse”, she's tried a variety of things: psychoanalysis, New Age therapies, and even appearing on America's Got Talent. In this latest attempt to exorcise her personal demons she has mounted a Broadway-style one-woman show where her bizarre life story is re-enacted in song and dancewith the help of her dapper Broadway Boys! Along the way, Smith puts her indelibly surreal stamp on favorites such as "Cabaret”, “One Night in Bangkok”, "The Cat That Got Away" and "The Ladies Who Lunch." Hanbury’s alter-ego combines deftly executed character comedy with razor-sharp improvisational skills that have audiences laughing through tears.
The production, directed and choreographed by frequent collaborator, Andrew Rasmussen incorporates puppetry, video flashbacks, slideshows, live singing, tap dancing, virtuosic electric guitar playing and more props than you can shake a stick at. When Smithy sings favorites by Streisand, Garland, and Minnelli in their original keys you will find audiences leaping to their feet and cheering.
Hanbury, who cut his teeth with Ryan Landry’s critically acclaimed Gold Dust Orphans says the show “draws inspiration from the redemptive autobiographical, one-woman shows of Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Lily Tomlin and Great White Way camp favorites like Sandra Bernhard’s Without You I’m Nothing and Elaine Stritch at Liberty.” The production blends ridiculous comedy with authentic diva stylings and also delivers surprising poignancy.