Cheers to Karen MACARAH in “Wine Time With Roni”

“Wine Time with Roni” is an intimate portrait of one woman (Veronica), conflicted by life, love, and of course, wine. She appears first, with glass in hand, and throwing caution to the wind, she proceeds by telling of her episodes of ‘bad sex’ with fat men; thin ones; short ones; tall ones; gay ones; men with other women (ménage a trois);et al, and then she winks at the audience and mischievously reveals all her ‘badness.’ Her rapport with the audience is infatuating, as she receives much laughter, applause, and more than one standing ovation. She reminds me of one of those gossip mavens who spill all the dirt, but it’s not taken from the headlines but rather very real exasperating adventures of her own life. All the while, Roni is composed, bemused, and just the most magical poetess and raconteur. Her recounting and ranting is a sight and treat for sore eyes (and ears). I left the theatre uplifted and dazzled beyond the imagination. Karen Macarah is a writer and performer extraordinaire, and she has been seen as Edith/ Young Edie in the Tony award winning musical “Grey Gardens” and the witch in Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” The direction by Hollywood Fringe Festival veteran, Michael Lorre, is magnificent. Roni’s storytelling, singing, and dancing can only be described as delicious, bawdy, and 100% Fringe.” As Roni states, “Come for the wine, stay for the conversation.”

About Bonnie Priever Curtain Up!

I am a theatre reviewer extraordinairre. I attend and cover theatres ranging from large to small venues, and every subject from musical theatre to dramatic presentations. Also please check out my reviews at and my email is
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