MY JANIS

Critics

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Reviews: 6

Audience

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Reviews: 5

My Janis is a window into Janis Joplin's private world as she struggles to find her identity in the summer of 1966. Joplin spent a reclusive year at her parents house in Texas after she nearly died from speed and alcohol addiction in San Francisco. At 23, she works hard to fit in and get rid off her destructive habits: she goes back to college, gets a part time job, goes to psychotherapy and waits for her boyfriend to come to marry her… He never shows up. But she keeps singing. She keeps having very controlled fun. While on a vacation with her friends in Austin she waits for a call from her old friend, Chet Helms who is now a big manager in San Francisco. Things are changing fast with the music revolution and the hippie movement and he wants her to sing for one of his groups “Big Brother and The Holding Co”. Janis doesn't know what to do. She is scared of San Francisco – scared of her own monsters, but this is her dream come true, after years of failures. Can she finally be true to herself and be loved for what she really is? Starring: Arianna Veronesi Written and directed: Arianna Veronesi Creative consultant: Greg Braun

Reviews

Veronesi did an excellent job in evoking the rock goddess and showing her vulnerability without looking feeble. A beautiful portrait of a complex woman trying to do right, even if it kills her.

sweet - Mary E Montoro - ...read full review


Arianna's show portrays the look, feel and emotional texture of the Janis Joplin I remember as a kid. Back on the day Janis was always larger than life and despite all she endured during her short life her iconic presence has become engrained in our culture. The writing and staging worked in harmony with Arianna's spellbinding acting performance. I truly felt like I was right there in the room with Janis.

sweet - Thomas Lifschutz


With a thought-provoking performance at its core, this glimpse into an artist's soul is deeply moving.

sweet - Mike and Russell (My Haunt Life) - ...read full review


My Janis is a brave and inspiring concept. Paying homage to one of the greatest American musical heroines is no small task. It takes some soul searching to see past the clichés of a musical biopic and put your own stamp on a house hold name like Janis Joplin. Arianna brings her own, unique perspective to a well known story and investigates the layers that make up the star. Her interpretive dance-like quality to show the longing and loneliness of rejection were broken up with moments of humour and some tinkering into the complexities that make up Janis' huge personality. Looking forward to seeing where else this Janis will go. “I'm one of those regular weird people.” ― Janis Joplin

sweet - Anonymous


Arianna Veronesi's portrayal of Janis Joplin is an artful revelation. I've never seen anything like it in the theater in Los Angeles.

sweet - Anonymous


What strikes me the most about this piece is the affection the performer has for Janis. Looking at herself in the mirror, Janis doesn't see the judgemental nature of her critics. She's been told she's "not beautiful enough", but it doesn't stop her. She "keeps croonin' the blues". Which made me lament the loss of this vulnerable raw voice who might still be doing just that. MY JANIS is called a work in progress and left me curious in where it will go from here.

sweet - Joy Ellison


A heartbreaking, raw, vulnerable, and very private performance by the Italian artist Arianna Veronesi as she portrays Joplin's self loathing and battle with her inner demons in her last year of life. I honestly cannot get 'My Janis' out of my mind.

sweet - Shila Ommi


A startling, beautiful and powerful moment in the life of a great artist. Usually one-person shows try and tell a subject's biography. This took a different turn, which startled then entranced.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


The brief piece, with minimal dialogue, moves on the waves of the agonized choice Joplin faced. It may not be a play, but the shadow it throws is that of Greek tragedy, and Veronesi's performance is spellbinding. And despite having a remarkably rude audience member who shoved her substantial girth between my wife Marlene as she was about to sit, the show still earns a GOLD MEDAL.

sweet - Ernest Kearney - ...read full review


More a fragmentary performance piece than a fully integrated play, My Janis contains the raw material of a potentially high-voltage musical solo show, especially if Veronesi brings in a director to tighten up the dramatic pacing a bit. Even in its present incarnation, though, this one is worth seeing for Veronesi's emotionally revelatory portrayal of one of rock music's most emotionally revelatory voices.

sweet - Lyle Zimskind - ...read full review


One of the more unusual Fringe plays, I would highly recommend it, I can't get it out of my head…in a very good way.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - ...read full review


Veronesi did an excellent job in evoking the rock goddess and showing her vulnerability without looking feeble. A beautiful portrait of a complex woman trying to do right, even if it kills her.

sweet - Mary E Montoro - ...read full review


With a thought-provoking performance at its core, this glimpse into an artist's soul is deeply moving.

sweet - Mike and Russell (My Haunt Life) - ...read full review


A startling, beautiful and powerful moment in the life of a great artist. Usually one-person shows try and tell a subject's biography. This took a different turn, which startled then entranced.

sweet - David MacDowell Blue - Night Tinted Glasses - ...read full review


The brief piece, with minimal dialogue, moves on the waves of the agonized choice Joplin faced. It may not be a play, but the shadow it throws is that of Greek tragedy, and Veronesi's performance is spellbinding. And despite having a remarkably rude audience member who shoved her substantial girth between my wife Marlene as she was about to sit, the show still earns a GOLD MEDAL.

sweet - Ernest Kearney - ...read full review


More a fragmentary performance piece than a fully integrated play, My Janis contains the raw material of a potentially high-voltage musical solo show, especially if Veronesi brings in a director to tighten up the dramatic pacing a bit. Even in its present incarnation, though, this one is worth seeing for Veronesi's emotionally revelatory portrayal of one of rock music's most emotionally revelatory voices.

sweet - Lyle Zimskind - ...read full review


One of the more unusual Fringe plays, I would highly recommend it, I can't get it out of my head…in a very good way.

sweet - Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros - ...read full review


Arianna's show portrays the look, feel and emotional texture of the Janis Joplin I remember as a kid. Back on the day Janis was always larger than life and despite all she endured during her short life her iconic presence has become engrained in our culture. The writing and staging worked in harmony with Arianna's spellbinding acting performance. I truly felt like I was right there in the room with Janis.

sweet - Thomas Lifschutz


My Janis is a brave and inspiring concept. Paying homage to one of the greatest American musical heroines is no small task. It takes some soul searching to see past the clichés of a musical biopic and put your own stamp on a house hold name like Janis Joplin. Arianna brings her own, unique perspective to a well known story and investigates the layers that make up the star. Her interpretive dance-like quality to show the longing and loneliness of rejection were broken up with moments of humour and some tinkering into the complexities that make up Janis' huge personality. Looking forward to seeing where else this Janis will go. “I'm one of those regular weird people.” ― Janis Joplin

sweet - Anonymous


Arianna Veronesi's portrayal of Janis Joplin is an artful revelation. I've never seen anything like it in the theater in Los Angeles.

sweet - Anonymous


What strikes me the most about this piece is the affection the performer has for Janis. Looking at herself in the mirror, Janis doesn't see the judgemental nature of her critics. She's been told she's "not beautiful enough", but it doesn't stop her. She "keeps croonin' the blues". Which made me lament the loss of this vulnerable raw voice who might still be doing just that. MY JANIS is called a work in progress and left me curious in where it will go from here.

sweet - Joy Ellison


A heartbreaking, raw, vulnerable, and very private performance by the Italian artist Arianna Veronesi as she portrays Joplin's self loathing and battle with her inner demons in her last year of life. I honestly cannot get 'My Janis' out of my mind.

sweet - Shila Ommi