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Define: Dif-fer-ent


Talmadge is a hip, skillful and attractive performer”

Neal Weaver, LA Weekly

 

Talmadge has written a poignant piece on the inexplicable impossibilities of love… As a performer Talmadge is stellar. She excels as a writer, but her performance rises above even the great material, and finds a sincerity that provokes the audience to laugh, cry, and ponder. The play rises above a mere story about sexual experimentation, and becomes an ode to self discovery. The chances that people do not take, because of self-labels, is put into question; and, the result is an incredibly honest, raw examination of the human heart.”

Patrick Hurley, Life in LA

 

Define: Dif-fer-ent,” written and performed by Keaton Talmadge, is a roller-coaster exploration of sexuality. She resembles her great grandfather (Buster Keaton) a bit in her offbeat sense of humor; her festival debut drew a standing ovation opening night…”

Jordan Young, LA/OC Examiner

 

Remember how I said… that solo shows seem to work much better when showing, not telling? In Keaton Talmadge’s case, it’s singing and moving. Everything about the show feels like her; instead of fitting her story into the well-made solo show format, she built her world and let us inside of it. Talmadge and Director Kelleia Sheerin found a way to make us all feel involved in the telling of her story using Talmadge’s distinct personality and talents.”

Cindy Marie Jenkins, Bitter Lemons

 

Keaton Talmadge’s solo show is a delightful, spot-on skewering of snap judgments and society’s expectations. Oh, and it’s also way sexy. Ms. Talmadge is a dynamic, physical performer and this engaging romp in and out of an unexpected bed is also smart and very funny. Built around a framing device of dictionary definitions, the show moves beautifully under Kelleia Sheerin’s smooth direction… “Define: Dif-fer-ent” is an appealing look at what it’s like to expand our horizons after our closed minds are blown open.”

Jennie Webb – Bitter Lemons

 

Keaton Talmadge is divine. The journey she leads us on is full of twists and turns, but in the end, it leads to a destination we desire – the definition of true love. This show should be the poster child for the Marriage Equality campaign, as it reveals this truth in a truly non-threatening and understandable way. Well done! Don’t miss this incredible show.”

Bob Leggett – The Examiner

 

Grease


Keaton Talmadge (Rizzo) alone is worth the price of admission. She conveyed the catty humor of Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee with the appropriate lightness and jealousy. And her rendition of There Are Worse Things I Could Do was the highlight of the show.”

Grease – 2013 – Goldstar Review by Uncle King

 

Urinetown


Keaton Talmadge brings just the right quirky touch to rich-girl-turned-revolutionary Hope Cladwell, both comedically and vocally.”

Urinetown – 2010 – Stage Scene LA by Steven Stanley

 

The standout performances are…Keaton Talmadge as the sweet, but deceptively so, Hope.”

Urinetown – 2010 – Santa Monica Mirror by Lynee Bronestein

 

…Hope, played perfectly by Keaton Talmadge.  Talmadge excel(s) vocally with stunning solos that add to the already powerful ensemble numbers.”

Urinetown – 2010 – The Corsair by Tieg Slattery

 

Hope Cladwell (Keaton Talmadge) channels Emma from FOX’s Glee in a sweet and endearing performance, although (Emma’s) singing is a bit weak in comparison to Talmadge.”

Urinetown – 2010 – staylorellis.wordpress.com

 

Hoopnotica


Keaton’s troubleshooting sections are very helpful and consistently entertaining.”

Hoopnotica Hoopdance DVD: Beginning Level 1 – 2006 – Hooping.org

 

Janet Klein and Her Borscht Belt Babies


The latter two numbers are enlivened by the hip-swirling hula-hoop gyrations of comely Keaton Talmadge (great granddaughter of Buster Keaton).”

Janet Klein and Her Borscht Belt Babies – 2005 – Daily Variety by Julio Martinez

 

Asymmetry


…and Maggie (Keaton Talmadge)… a top-notch cast that combines sensitivity with panache.”

Asymmetry- 2005- LAWeekly by Neal Weaver (LA Weekly “Recommended – GO” Pick)

 

…brave and exquisitely heartfelt performances from Lucid by Proxy’s…Keaton Talmadge…”

Asymmetry – 2005 – ReviewPlays.com by Travis Michael Holder

 

School of Jesus Fish


…Keaton Talmadge’s fabulously cynical Fish. This outing is made thoroughly involving by a company of extremely talented actors who… give knockout performances: particularly Talmadge, whose confrontation with her Country & Western star sister… is a showstopper.”

School of Jesus Fish – 2003- Backstage West by Jennie Webb

 

…a cast that turns in gripping, convincing performances… Fish (Keaton Talmadge)”

 School of Jesus Fish – 2003 – LA Weekly by Lovell Estelle III

 

Something Persists


Talmadge takes Carrie from ostensible innocent to apparent manipulator.”

Something Persists – 2000 – Backstage West (Critics Pick – Edge of the World Festival)

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