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Praise & Awards for Dangerous When Wet
- 4-Stars Edmonton Journal
- 4-Stars Global News
- WINNER "Audience Choice Award" 2017 FRIGID Festival
- WINNER "Sold Out" & "Best of Fringe" Awards 2018 San Francisco Fringe Festival
- BEST BET of Capital Fringe 2018 & 5-STARS DC Metro Theater Arts
- BEST BET FRIGID 2017 Theater is Easy
- TOP 10 "Best LGBT Things to do in New York" TimeOut New York
"The show is as stylish as his slick sport coats. . . Brickhouse is a natural raconteur whose sharp writing defines the piece. . . the entertaining Dangerous When Wet must be one of the most polished one-man shows at Fringe this year." —Washington Post
"So polished it almost feels too big for the Fringe...Brickhouse [has] a vocal range finely calibrated to the unique needs of each beat...he writes with fiendish pith." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Three-time MOTH champion Jamie Brickhouse adapts his hilarious memoir about a bananas Texas childhood into a dark solo stage comedy...[Jamie is a] top teller." –TimeOut New York
"[Dangerous When Wet] chronicles with humor, love and depth [Jamie's] relationship with Mama Jean...told with wit and charm...a deeply touching, funny story."
—Canadian Global TV News, 4-Stars
"The words of Peggy Lee form a haunting backdrop to Brickhouse's story of discovery, and recovery... He is a skilled racounteur, and the show is enjoyable..."
—Edmonton Journal, 4-Stars
"[Jamie is] an uproariously funny raconteur who masterfully wields colorful descriptors and sculpts what feels like one absorbing long-form story. His mother looms like a specter throughout it all, as he uses masterful timing to make tales of his rise and fall deeply involving and insightful." –Twin Cities Pioneer Press (Minneapolis-St. Paul)
"It's a mighty piece masquerading as a one-man show. Jamie Brickhouse is a consummate storyteller full of southern charm and NYC erudite sophistication. He's a stunning performer that makes you feel so comfortable walking through his memories that after the show you feel you have a new friend. He's definitely the kind of performer who makes hard work look effortless on stage." –NY Theater Guide
"Thoroughly entertaining....Dangerous When Wet is a sure thing....an emotionally packed show where there is never a dull moment.... If you see only one show in the Frigid Festival, Dangerous When Wet is a great choice." –"Best Bet" Theater is Easy
"The wildly applauded [one-man show] is so breath-taking that audiences will hang on every word. Dangerous When Wet is a beautifully woven tale of addiction. Told by Jamie Brickhouse, who is both the author and subject, it is both funny and sad, horrifying and poignant. This is a must-see production. . . Brickhouse displays a superb sense of timing, and he holds the audience for seconds at a time with just his voice and eyes. . . It is certainly one of the very best offerings in this year's Capital Fringe." –"Best Bet" DC Metro Theater Arts (5-star review)
"Jamie Brickhouse can do it all: storyteller, memoirist, actor, mimic, narrator, dancer, comedian and, best of all, survivor....This is an especially well-done one-man-show: intelligent, literate and rib-tickling funny. Go see it, you'll love it. The laughs come at such a rapid pace that you won't shed a tear until maybe the end." –Hi! Drama
"A masterful gay solo performance and tribute to motherhood; Hilarious & Wise. . .the performance is very, very funny. . .Brickhouse is ultimately a man with a big heart, quick wit, and a story worth telling. Dangerous When Wet emanates the vision of an artist who has masterfully honed his craft and richly apprehended hard won insight. We see how Jamie inherited his love for life from his gloriously vibrant mother. What a tribute!" –Lavender
"An alcohol-soaked romp to rock bottom and the story of how a mother's outsized love helped to bring one man back from the brink. . . Brickhouse, an award-winning storyteller, holds the audience in his thrall the entire time. . . Brickhouse's flamboyant style and often-hilarious quips make listening to his tales feel more like spending an afternoon with a good friend." –DC Theatre Scene
"Jamie Brickhouse weaves a tale you couldn't tell just anybody's mother, but my Mom and I both liked it a lot; Brickhouse spares neither his mother nor himself but it's a hell of a story." —Single White Fringe Geek (5 Stars)
"Jamie Brickhouse is one of the most gifted storytellers based in New York today. –Kevin Allison, host & creator of Risk!
"It's always exciting to see a storyteller take emotional risks with his performance. The emotional risks Jamie Brickhouse takes in his funny and moving show are thrilling to watch." –Harmon Leon, artistic director of 2017 StoryFest at the PIT Loft
Jamie Brickhouse (four-time Moth SLAM champion) debuted his solo show, Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother at the 2017 FRIGID Festival off-off-Broadway in New York City. Ripped from the pages of his critically acclaimed memoir that Interview magazine called "as funny as an evening with Carrie Fisher," and Paul Rudnick praised as "witty, blisteringly honest, and wickedly intoxicating," it sparkles under the direction of Obie Award-winning David Drake. It won the "Audience Choice Award," was featured on "Page Six" of the New York Post, twice named a "Best Bet" (Theater is Easy and DC Metro Theater Arts), and received rave reviews from the Washington Post, NY Theater Guide, Theater is Easy, and Hi! Drama. The show has been produced in New York City at The Tank's Proud AF Solo Show Festival 2016 & 2018, 2017 FRIGID New York, FRIGID @ Horse Trade's Queerly Festival 2017, 2017 StoryFest, FRIGID @ Horse Trades 2017 Gotham Storytelling Festival, 2018 Capital Fringe Festival, 2018 Minnesota Fringe Festival, and 2018 San Francisco Fringe Festival.
As in the book, Jamie, faces his three most defining relationships—booze, sex, and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean—in the darkly comic tour de force. With dazzling wit and unflinching honesty set against a multi-media backdrop of evocative photos, home movies, vintage postcards, and music haunted by Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?", Jamie tells the story of wrestling way too close to—and later loose from—booze, sex, and his bombastic, adorable Mama Jean.
Praise & Awards for I Favor My Daddy
Written & Performed by Jamie Brickhouse
Jamie Brickhouse's I Favor My Daddy, which debuted with a sold out, award-winning run at FringeNYC, the New York International Fringe Festival, is the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed and award-winning solo show, Dangerous When Wet: Booze, Sex, and My Mother. That show was about Jamie's drinking and sexuality, and his Texas tornado of a mother Mama Jean. I Favor My Daddy is about Jamie's father Earl aka Daddy Poo and his drinking and sexuality. "With this show, I've flipped the artistic process," Jamie says. "I wrote and published Dangerous When Wet the memoir first. This time, I Favor My Daddy the show, will come out before the book. Daddy Poo adores bikinis and martinis as much as his son. An octogenarian, ribald Catholic conservative accepting of his son's homosexuality and arrested alcoholism, but is he in denial about his own? After he dies suddenly Jamie begins to realize that the constant postmortem refrain of the folks in town—"You favor your daddy,"—is true from his skin down to his marrow. Is Jamie the full-blown version of Daddy Poo?
- WINNER: "Staff Pick Award" 2019 FRIGID Festival New York
- WINNER: "Best of Fringe Award" 2019 San Francisco Fringe Festival
- BEST BET: 2018 FringeNYC, New York International Fringe Festival
"[I Favor My Daddy] scores on so many levels: funny, touching, honest, insightful and most of all a wonderful entertainment." —Charles Busch, actor, playwright & drag legend
"Jamie Brickhouse is a memorable mimic. His enthralling solo show, I Favor My Daddy, doesn't feel solo because of how vividly he inhabits his characters. . .the real gift of the show is its intimacy." —DC Theatre Scene (4 stars)
"Talented storyteller Jamie Brickhouse shines in this one-man show…Brickhouse knows how to tell a story well…and peppers his tales with wry humor and pop culture references. With a keen writer's eye, he knows which details to hone in on and how to create something both funny and revealing from minor details that might seem innocuous to others… He lights up the stage and creates a riveting, thoroughly polished performance with his showmanship and enigmatic persona, one that holds interest from start to finish...Brickhouse expertly switches between each character in his story and delivers every punchline with comedic perfection. Once again, Brickhouse shows a knack for creating comedy and finding hope even in the face of life's tragedies." —Theater is Easy (Best Bet)
"Jamie Brickhouse's Texas charm and highly developed narrative style make this [show] magnetic. His vernacular language and energetic style [shows] that it's good to tell life stories to strangers. Maybe his act will help others settle and resolve their own family crises. Obviously a winner with wild audience applause."
—New York Theatre Wire
"Mr. Brickhouse comes highly recommended...His skills and theatrical instincts are readily apparent; absolutely first rate. He's capable of doing almost anything on the stage, and he's wonderful to watch...beautifully written, skillfully delivered..." —Hi! Drama
"Fascinating, funny, warm and moving. . . exceptionally well honed. . . totally engrossing. . . Brickhouse performs with finessed delivery and timing; [makes] you want to sit back and listen for hours!"