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Tell Veronica!

(West Hollywood, Calif., June 18, 2002)--- Charlene Tilton, best known for her role in Dallas will star in the West Coast premier of Tell Veronica! Tilton will portray Veronica, a cutting-edge talk show hostess who stops at nothing to reveal her guests secrets, phobias and prejudices, in the hilarious interactive play will open in Los Angeles at the Hudson Guild Theater July 19, 2002.

Revamped for the new millennium, Tell Veronica! makes its West Coast premiere July 19, 2002 at the Hudson Guild Theater, starring TV and film star, Charlene Tilton, in the title role. What makes this theatre piece so special is its audience participation, awesome prize giveaways and a live band. Veronica kicks-off her first episode titled, Dysfunctional Family Reunions.


Its hard to top the almost parodical nature of daytime chat shows that ambush and humiliate guests, but Tony Jerris episodic comedy comes close. On the night this reviewer attended, two episodes were on display. In both, Charlene Tilton dazzles as the odious, self-aggrandizing host, displaying a marvelous sense of comic timing and the ability to ad lib. The eminently watchable Brian Kimmet plays her put-upon assistant. In the first episode, an alcoholic backup singer (Lin Shaye) confronts the three adult daughters she abandoned as children. Cherish Lee (Tiltons real-life daughter) shines as a naive stripper. Shannon K. Dunn and Shea Alexander are excellent as, respectively, a man-hungry "Kmart slut" and a butch, man-hating trailer salesgal. The weak link is Shaye, whose tired physical shtick could be better choreographed by director Robert Adler. In the second episode, a Jewish-American princess (Donna Cherry) confronts her Mafioso former in-laws. Lynda Lenet is superb as her bloodthirsty ex-mother-in-law. Peppy tunes are provided by Chris Schultz, Todd Adamson and Weston Walls. The pièce de résistance is Jay Vetters silver, pink and aqua scenic design, which sets just the right glitter-trash mood for this comedy. Hudson Theater, 6539 Santa Monica Blvd., Hlywd.; Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m.; thru Aug. 25. (323) 856-4200. (Sandra Ross) Note: Cast and storylines change every three weeks