L.A. Times critic David C. Nichols was all kinds of smitten, calling the music electrifying and Davies herself jaw-dropping in her consummate portrayal.
It’s not just that Davies evokes rather than imitates Joplin, theatrically nailing her essence, which achieves full bas-relief with “Piece of My Heart” midway through Set 1. As the evening progresses through unforced philosophizing, personal memories and the songs devotees cherish, Davies channels Joplin outright, her “Cry Baby,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Ball and Chain” merely the most hair-raising examples of the phenomenon.
Go get 'em MBD.
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