Molly Marjorie Rosenblatt Needs A Man (And Other Stuff)
nytheatre.com review by Megin Jimenez
August 11, 2013
A scene from Molly Marjorie Rosenblatt Needs A Man
While you might have a sense of what you’re in for when you sign up to see a one-woman musical about a lonely aspiring actress, you may still experience a moment of adjustment as you confirm that indeed, a single performer is taking the stage and belting out a narrative about internet dating. Musical theatre by definition is larger than life, but Molly Marjorie Rosenblatt Needs a Man (And Other Stuff) scales it all back; at times, there’s a singing-into-the-hairbrush vibe, although Mallory Schlossberg, the one-woman in the title role, keeps the pace moving along with unflagging energy, while the steady accompaniment of Joel Esher on the piano offers a little company on the stage.
Anyone unfamiliar with the pecking order of cool in the outer boroughs of New York City gets a crash course from Molly, who has hit rock bottom, finding herself unemployed, broke and single, her dreams of making it on Broadway dashed. She seeks escape from her dumpy Queens basement apartment and desperate existence in the beds of many hip Brooklyn boys, who are identified only by their OKCupid handles (WburgTaco10 is the main boy). Schlossberg, who also wrote the book, dissects the allure of gentrified Brooklyn in her lyrics. Molly is honest about the borough's appeal, which for her is more material than spiritual: she lusts more over the juicers, fine whiskey, superior “coolness ratio” and well-appointed lofts she samples more than any creative endeavor her lovers allege.
Doing it all—writing, composing, singing, acting and dancing—is a tall order for any creative soul, and Sclossberg succeeds at a couple of these feats more than others. The lyrics are witty and pack a lot into their rhymes. Hyper-local details clearly support the characterizations and scenarios. The movement is at times half-hearted and has not been cleared of the fidgety quality of rehearsal. The hour-long running time is just about right and fitting for the ultimately light-hearted tone of the show.