2023 Capital Fringe Review: ‘Hey Pamela? Yes Pamela?’ by Pamela H. Leahigh (4 stars)

One woman with multiple voices offers her quirks, traumas, and terrors as tribute to the gods of Comedy.

Pamela H. Leahigh delivers an internal dialogue, in outside voices.

Our charming host, Pamela H. Leahigh, explains that she regularly argues with her own brain and will shortly have a cohort enter to be one of her internal voices, two of whom are today having their say out loud in Hey Pamela? Yes Pamela?

It’s a strongly constructed script, peppered with passages that allow Pamela and her guest to have off-script interaction: these portholes, additionally, lead seamlessly BACK INTO the script, so the narrative continues.

Today’s performance featured local DC performer Rebecca Herron, who has appeared in Rapunzarella White and other Best Medicine Rep shows. Her emotive vocals and mobile physicality kept us engaged through a potentially static 60 minutes of dialogue.

Pamela herself, playwright, director, and performer, is warm, funny, insecure, and brave to offer her quirks, traumas, and terrors as tribute to the gods of Comedy. There’s no plot as such; nevertheless, there’s a character journey, which we witness in horror and empathy (some of us) or sympathy (the rest of us). Our willingness to engage rewards us with the catharsis of laughter, the comfort of validation. One hopes the creator feels equally rewarded by the solidarity and applause of the audience.


Running Time: 60 minutes.

Hey Pamela? Yes Pamela? plays July 22 at 11:15 am, and July 23 at 1:00 pm at Sour – 2nd Floor – 1050 Thomas Jefferson. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

Genre: Comedy
Playwright: Pamela H. Leahigh
Performer: Pamela H. Leahigh
Age Appropriateness: Recommended for children 13+older
Profanity: Yes

The complete 2023 Capital Fringe Festival guidebook is online here.


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