Despite the arguably accidental similarities between ‘Sex and the City’ and Darth Vader, Dawe quickly realized that a one-woman “Sex and the City” show would require a different approach.
“Unlike ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Sex and the City’ is already a comedy,” he said. “So we can’t just repeat their jokes.”
“One Woman Sex and the City” is performed by improv actress, Kerry Ipema, whom Dawe met during the “PostSecret: The Show” tour. Dawe would write drafts for each season, then get input from both Ipema and a professional comedy writer they both knew. It recounts the show’s key moments (as determined by Dawe and Ipema) while providing affectionate, sardonic commentary along the way.
“We make fun of the things that are dated and unrealistic,” Dawe said. “Like how a freelance writer with one unsuccessful book has a house in the Hamptons, or how Miranda can work 50-60 hours a week as a lawyer without it interfering with her social schedule.”
Dawe and Ipema also added an interactive element, where, depending on the night, audience members are asked to submit their crazy dates or break-up stories.
“Kerry will read them and riff on them,” Dawe said. “There’s a power in knowing that what she’s reading actually happened to somebody in the room. It just puts everyday experience through the rubric of ‘Sex and the City,’ imagines what kind of conversations (the audience members) would have if they were part of that quartet.”
Four months into the tour, audiences seem to be responding well, except for one thing.
“We don’t mention the movies at all,” Dawe said. “I don’t think there was time. Plus, I didn’t like the first one and never saw the second.”
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How to go
What: “One Woman Sex and the City”
Where: Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St., Cincinnati
When: 10 p.m. Saturday, March 4
More info: 513-232-6220 or www.tafttheatre.org