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Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Barn Theatre, 2014 | Robert Newman

Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Barn Theatre, 2014

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Newman brought a lot of energy and pent-up good-ol’-boy rage to the creatively foul-mouthed sheriff — he’s an expert on how a country dog feels in the city, or how a goose might use a brass horn for sewage, or something like that. He got laughs (a huge one with a line putting down soap operas), but, along with Alex, also added a touch of humanity in the show. Ed Earl is a man who is fine with prostitution, but can’t manage regular male-female romance. He got to sing of a “Good Old Girl” alone, and Alex’s Mona got her own heart-rending song, “Bus From Amarillo” by her lonesome.

-By Mark Wedel | Special to the Kalamazoo Gazette


Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, is in the capable hands of guest star Robert Newman. He takes full advantage of the lawman’s penchant for x-rated language , hair-trigger temper and lack of self-control to express himself vigorously, especially when confronting hypocritical politicians. His feelings for the “Good Old Girl” are obvious, even without words.