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Artists’ Initiative Sweet Painted Lady

By • Aug 1st, 2012 • Category: Fringe, Reviews
Sweet Painted Lady
Artists’ Initiative
Closed July 27th
60 minutes
Reviewed July 27th, 2012

Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side? You better be, buy the ticket take the ride. Artist’s Initiative ‘Sweet Painted Lady’ is the story of Jack, a young Voice actor played by Michael Perrie Jr., living in New York City with his girlfriend the art dealer played by Mo O’Rourke. When drug abuse takes the better of Jack, he begins hallucinating about a painting his girlfriend bought him.

Michael Perrie Jr., author of this twisted piece, gives us a look into what it would look like to overdose and hallucinate the beautiful blue painted lady into real life. His performance is excellent, his comedic timing is great and over all you can see Michael deep into the world of his own creation and believing it. Emily Deveron Vere Nicoll plays this blue painted goddess and what presence she has! Her voice alone commands not only poor twisted Jack but the whole audience to instantly fall in love with her. Her take on this character is absolutely brilliant, from her simple mannerisms to her gentle allure demand for attention. Mo O’Rourke who plays the girlfriend does a great job as well, you can see the conviction and doubt in her eyes while see tries to deny all the crazy allegations Jack makes about his hallucinations with the painting. Anna Fagan who plays the drug dealer has a great sense of comedic timing, making her brief appearances all very memorable.

Director Lacey Reiley has definitely made this world plausible, with the use of simple set pieces and props. Well-choreographed sequences the show’s rhythm moves along like clock work. Costumes designed by Brittany Graham fit eloquently the essence of every character; lighting designed by Cara Antico does a fantastic job of engulfing into the hallucinations of the sweet painted lady. And finally the music, also composed by Michael Perrie Jr., adds an intense depth to the play. Although the music is only used during intermissions, it would have added a great deal of suspense if it had played during some scenes.

Production Team

  • Light Design: Cara Antico
  • Stage Manager: Toni Goldberg
  • Costume Design: Brittany Graham
  • Sound Design: Michael Perrie Jr.
  • Director: Lacy Reiley


  • Emily Deveron Vere Nicoll
  • Mo O’Rourke
  • Michael Perrie Jr.

Disclaimer: Capital Fringe provided one complimentary media ticket to ShowBizRadio for this review.

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is a Graphic Artist during the day and Jedi Master all the time. He also fights deadites FOR FUN. Don't ask. His previous works include; Harmony in Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got The Will?, Chief Bromdem in One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Tom Hanks in Angels and Demons featuring Tom Hanks, Il commendatore in Proffesional Curtesy, Reynaldo in No Match, Mysterious Man in a Suit (Captain Jack Sparrow, Joker, Bob Dylan) in Jack vs. Jill, Christian in The Other Room, Jack in The Plan (indie film 2011), Dr. Adventure Time in Adventure Time Redux (The Jupiter Jetson Project), Solid Snake in Closing Time (Radio-Play).

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