“My Janis,” recently playing to sold out crowds at the Hollywood Fringe Fest 2017, is the passionate one woman show of the iconic singer, who flamed out like a candle in the wind much like her counterparts in an entourage of the fated 27 club, including Jimmy Hendrix, Ken Morrison and Amy Winehouse. Impeccably portrayed by her uncanny lookalike, Arianna Veronesi, Janis Joplin was
considered golden with only 3 albums made.
Veronesi managed to create an aura onstage that comes along very rarely and when it does, we all need to pay attention. She came from the tiny little town of Port Arthur, Texas but managed to become a supernova in almost a split second and in this show we see her evolve from an unsure unknown to a vibrant innate talent.
Her voice alone indicated such a unique powerful soul and the songs she wrote will be remembered forever, with multitudes of versions springing up like toadstools.
If you wanted to sum up Janis Joplin in a couple of words – she suffered artistically more than most humans do , on her brief visit here on Earth. One song , strongly resonating with me , “If You Love Somebody,” is basically about relationships between women and men; all the pining, expectations and mostly disappointment , echoes brilliantly .
The hippie life/culture she was immersed in was an intrinsic part of my daily existence, as well as many audience members in attendance, as evidenced by many a tye dye T shirt; flowers in hair; and Birkenstocks.
The fact that she overdosed on heroin at 27
proves that what she expressed in her songs was tragically too real.
She basically seemed like a small town girl but even with her humble, simplistic attitude and outlook on life one can sense the inner brilliance and talent and fire within.