“Are you feeling light headed? Are you talking louder than is necessary? Do you find phone numbers of people you don’t know in your purse, pocket, or cleavage? Do you say an inordinate amount of profound things? If so, you may be drunk.”

 

In this one-woman performance done by Jill Vice, “Tipped and Tipsy: Alcohol Induced Courage is Only the Beginning,” you will laugh, you will cry, but most of all, it is perfect for anyone who has ever held a position of any kind in the service industry.

 

Vice trained in circus and clown with Jeff Raz at the San Francisco Circus Center Class of 2009 and studied mime and mask with Leonard Pitt and James Donlon at the Flying Actors Studio Class of 2010. This show has won the Best of Fringe in 2013.

 

Jill Vice (cb-pr.com)

Vice has a particularly seamless style — and is very clearly a skilled actor. Her fight scene (with herself) is probably one of the most entertaining things to watch, but the story itself goes much deeper than just good old-fashioned acting — something extremely difficult to pull off with only one actor performing.

 

With help from the lights and music, the transitions between the original plot, side stories, and inner monologues flow seamlessly and effortlessly. Even an audience member who is general confused by theater can quickly catch on to where each story is supposed to take place.

 

Not only that, but each of the 14 character has his or her own facial expression, gesture, and tone of voice, so the audience can tell all the characters apart. For one of the “goody-two-shoes” girls, Vice always holds up her shirt. One of the characters is seemingly identical to Matthew McConaughey in “Dallas Buyer’s Club” — specifically the “tongue” laugh.

 

Although the actress herself portrays mostly male characters in the show, they convey a lot about the interaction of women and men in a bar-like setting. She states that her performance is a testament to convey how people in the service industry, particularly women as bartenders, receive unruly and horrendous treatment from a huge variety of customers, as well as employers.

 

There are a lot of interesting interactions between the characters that she performs. For example, the “I got nothing but respect for you” guy with a hyper-masculine strut is always trying to “come to the rescue” — even when the main character did not needed any rescuing at all.

 

Jill Vice “Tipped and Tipsy” (mediad.publicbroadcasting.net)

However, at the end of the performance, it becomes clear that the homeless customer — a clear alcoholic — has actually previously helped the main character seek help for her cocaine addiction. Now, the protagonist is trying to save the alcoholic bar-goer from his own addiction.

 

Overall, this is a highly enjoyable performance — for theater junkies and the occasional performance viewer alike. The show flawlessly combines humor and prevalent issues in society today, and Vice’s message is fairly simple: women do not need saving any more than men do, and customer service jobs generally suck.

 

The performance is insightful, and her talent is more than obvious to anyone in the audience, which makes this seamless performance unforgettable!

 

So if you are in the San Francisco area and you are interested in seeing her performance, Vice has one last performance on May 17 at the Marsh. You can buy discounted tickets at Goldstar! To view a preview of her performance, check it out here!

 

Have you seen “Tipped and Tipsy”? What did you think about it? Will you go see it? What other one-women or one-man performances have you seen? Did you like them? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!