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‘Sex and City’ actress says show’s about friendship

‘Sex and City’ actress says show’s about friendship

Kerry Ipema stars in touring production
‘Sex and City’ actress says show’s about friendship
Kerry Ipema in "One Woman Sex in the City."
Photographer: Photo provided

The real Carrie Bradshaw hasn’t shown up yet, nor her friends Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte.

Other women, however, are turning up and bringing their friends to see Kerry Ipema in “One Woman Sex and the City,” a touring production based on the popular Home Box Office series coming to Proctors’ GE Theatre for one show at 7:30 next Thursday night.

“We opened in Vegas on Feb. 1 and we had a sold-out run,” said Ipema, who wrote the one-woman show with TJ Dave, the  co-creator and director of “One Man Star Wars Trilogy.”

“We’re on an 11-week tour hitting 40 cities and it’s been really exciting. The audience has been great, and yes, there are a lot of women. That’s why I liked the idea so much. It’s about women getting together and supporting each other. It’s about friendship.”

“Sex and the City” is based on the 1997 book by Candace Bushnell and ran on HBO from 1998 to 2004, winning seven Emmys. It also spawned two movies, “Sex and the City” (2008) and “Sex and the City 2” (2010), telling the tales of four female friends and their lives in New York City.

Sarah Jessica Parker played Carrie Bradshaw, Cynthia Nixon was Miranda Hobbes, Kim Cattrall was Samantha Jones and Kristin Davis was Charlotte York. Ipema plays all four of the characters as well as some of their boyfriends.

“I think there’s a little bit of all the characters in each one of us,” said Ipema, who grew up in the Chicago suburbs and went to Indiana University, where she majored in musical theater. “I tell people I’m mostly a Carrie with a Miranda-rising. Yeah, I think I’m more Carrie than any of the others, but it took me a while to realize that.”

Ipema, who now lives in New York City, was just 9 when the show began in 1998.

“No, my parents did not let me watch it,” she says, laughing. “But I did see some of it in high school and in college I got the DVD and really fell in love with the show. It was ground-breaking. Those women embraced their sexuality and were true to themselves. They had sex and weren’t punished for it. I am so grateful to those women for creating those characters.”
no costume changes

In “One Woman Sex in the City,” Ipema plays 24 different characters with only one costume.

“But I do pay attention to my shoes,” she said. “It’s important for any ‘Sex and the City’ parody to have a lot of nice shoes, but there are no real costume changes. We though the audience would prefer to hear me talk than see me change.”

Ipema says none of the original cast members of the HBO show have made an appearance yet at one of her productions, but she’s hopeful that will change.

“I would be so honored if one of them showed up,” said Ipema. “Although no one better tell me because I would be terrified. I wouldn’t want to know they were in the audience until I was done.”

Ipema is hopeful the show will add on another tour when her current run is over.

“As long as they let me do this show, I’ll be happy,” she said. “Every night it seems fresh and different. I love improv and there is a little of that in the show. When TJ asked me about the idea for this show and if I would help him write it, I obviously said, ‘yes.’ I knew the anxiety would kick in later but it’s been wonderful.”

‘One Woman Sex and the City’
WHERE: GE Theatre at Proctors
WHEN: 7:30 p.m., March 9
HOW MUCH: $35-$30
MORE INFO: 346-6204, www.proctors.org

Reach Gazette reporter Bill Buell at 395-3190 or [email protected].

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