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Janis Joplin show calls for poetic response

Janis Joplin show calls for poetic response

Tuesday’s opening night of Cap Rep’s homage to Janis Joplin was so thoroughly — and brilliantly — im
Janis Joplin show calls for poetic response
Kelly McIntyre plays Janis Joplin in the Cap Rep production of 'Janis.'

Tuesday’s opening night of Cap Rep’s homage to Janis Joplin was so thoroughly — and brilliantly — immersive, from Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill’s curtain speech, which began with the first line of the following riff, to the call-and-response nature of what followed throughout the night, that I had to tell you about it in the most unusual way I could.

A Night with Janis Joplin

what: Created, written and directed by Randy Johnson

WHERE: Capital Repertory Theatre, 111 N. Pearl St., Albany

WHEN: Through Aug. 7

HOW MUCH: adults, $55-$25; students with valid ID, $16

MORE INFO: 445-7469, or capitalrep.org

Here goes:

“Are you ready to rock and roll?”

Oh, yeah.

And cry a little, from your bluesy soul.

Janis is dead. Long live Janis!

“Hey, man, life’s a mystery,”

she says.

And she’s talking to you and me.

“And every song’s an emotion.”

That’s what Janis says.

That’s what Janis growls

sprung from Aretha, Etta, and Bessie

Nina and Odetta as she prowls

the stage looking for love from

men, bands, and s***

“Stay with Me,” “Down on Me,”

finding words to fit

the joy-irony-confusion

the wherefrom pain

like “Piece of My Heart”

and “Ball and Chain.”

Long live Kelly McIntyre

hairbottlethroateyes

laugh-frown-grin-fire

Janis is not dead!

Those music mothers

AKA Danyel/Jannie/Nikita/Kimberly Ann

Music brothers:

Todd and band boys.

No time, no pause

gotta be dead by 27!

Applause, applause,

applause, screaming, “Janis!”

And we’re singing to beat back our own years

“Me and Bobby McGee,” “Mercedes Benz,”

Our own fears —

Gonna be dead by someday.

This smart/funny girlgalwomanchild

unlike anyone you know

didn’t ask to be born wild

but was. Glory!

And why you must go.

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