By Jacqueline Monahan
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*Ditched, Dumped, Divorced, and Dating can also mean Drama, Dominance, Dinner, Diva, Diamonds, Disappointments, and Dirtbag.

An August 1st Media performance of Jeanie Linder’s The D*Word – A Musical filled the elegant, intimate 300 – seat Shimmer Cabaret at The Las Vegas Hotel to capacity.  Linder, the musical’s creator/writer/producer, also wrote the long-running menopause – The Musical.  The same lady that turned hot flashes into humor now turns the ditched, divorced, and dating into divas.

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Creator/Writer/Producer Jeanie Linders Gets the Royal Treatment on the Red Carpet

The performance is a glimpse into the complex, sometimes sad, sometimes funny lives of four women, who meet at a Speed dating event and bond over Apple-tinis, lamenting their less-than-stellar relationships with significant others.  Song-filled choreography fills the stage in nearly every scene – and there are thirteen of them in the 90-minute performance.  Expect costume changes, from high heels to flats to slacks to skirts to spandex club-wear.  There’s even a Jessica Simpson wig.

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(Left to Right, Maddie Casto, Laura Wright, Sarah Hester Rose, Angie McKnight)

The ladies are a talented quartet of singers, dancers, and comedic performers, likeable and passionate in their roles.  Sexy Kate (Laura Wright) business woman Erica (Angie McKnight) middle-aged divorcee DeeDee (Maddie Casto) and young single girl Jen (Sarah Hester Ross) each have a story of heartache, betrayal, self-doubt and loneliness.  And they have each other.

The action (or lack of it - pun intended) takes place at various clubs, a piano bar, DeeDee’s bedroom, Jen’s bedroom, and Erica’s living room.  Girl(friend) power helps the women through scenarios of canceled dates, ex-husbands, and yes, even sex toys.  Imagine wearable vibrator panties no more – they exist, and it’s apparent that Erica has them.  Kate’s dating someone that canceled on DeeDee.  Jen is an optimist that likes to keep the dates and the drinks flowing.

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Martini Magic

Singing popular songs with sometimes customized lyrics (I Will Survive, Love Hurts, Strong Enough, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Hot Stuff, You’re No Good, Before he Cheats, Like a Virgin, and the especially poignant It’s My Turn) the four women illustrate female single life celebrated in spite of tribulation and rejection, when mixed with equal parts strength, support and empowerment in the potent cocktail that is Girls’ Night Out, D*Word-Style.

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Glittery Girls

A sparkly, sequined finale features the tune, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger, an appropriate anthem for the journey these women take – from available to still available – while valuing themselves and their friends through both stormy weather and smooth sailing, er…dating.

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Femme Fatale Finale

After all, the tagline IS “The Art of Happily EVEN After.”



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