Call Us Crazy Reviews

Praise for Call Us Crazy

Back Stage West (Critic’s Choice)

Anne Heche may be a talented actor and an amusing media presence in a five-car-pile-up sort of way, but she’s a God-awful writer. At least that’s the point driven home by this unauthorized production of passages from Heche’s 2001 autobiography, Call Me Crazy. As imagined by creator/director Pamela Ribon and a talented cast of 14, this production parodies both the awfulness of Heche’s book and the pretentiousness of The Vagina Monologues by forming Heche’s ramblings into a series of increasingly ridiculous monologues. No matter how prepared you are for the wretchedness of Heche’s writing, you’ll still wince that someone published lines like: “I was disgustingly disgusting. I was grosser than gross.” Heche’s delusions are interspersed with interstitials of varying success. The short musical numbers by Adam Blau and Brently Heilbron are amusing and clever, but some passages–such as a surreal moment in which the actors toss tampons into the audience–seem solely designed to kill time.

There isn’t an Oprah-esque topic Heche doesn’t cop to. She’s a victim of sexual abuse. She has a direct pipeline to converse with God. She wakes up one morning with stigmata on her feet. She can heal sprained ankles with her hands. The absurdity of her tales is heightened by impassioned readings from the cast. Highlights include Liz Feldman’s furious phone conversation with Heche’s mother and Stephanie Markham’s rendering of Heche’s alter ego “Celestia.” Future shows are scheduled to include such celebrity guest monologists as Joan Van Ark and Mad TV star Alex Borstein.

The performers are talented and engaging, and the staging is imaginative. The main problem with the production comes down to Heche. Her story is repetitive and self-serving, and the horribleness of the prose can start to wear thin. It’s a Catch-22: The premise of the show limits the gifted performers to an awful script. The show, which runs about an hour and 20 minutes, could be shortened by 15 minutes. It also might seem cruel to some people to mock an individual who is so clearly disturbed. To those who find the concept a cheap shot, I would argue that Heche is a narcissist’s narcissist and would probably love the attention. Indeed she should be flattered such a witty ensemble made her story more entertaining than it deserves to be.

—Jenelle Riley

Los Angeles Times

Here’s an idea that, depending on your perspective, may seem inspired, redundant or just plain mean. It’s “Call Us Crazy,” in which 14 actresses perform comically overheated readings from the Anne Heche autobiography “Call Me Crazy.”

After a handful of pre-holiday performances at the Knitting Factory, the show has moved to the Hudson Avenue Theatre in Hollywood.

Heche’s 2001 book contains a detailed account of childhood sexual abuse as well as the actress’ now-famous description of her alter ego, Celestia, in the imaginary “fourth dimension.” “I believe that many people may think I went insane,” Heche writes. “I do not believe I am insane; I believe I went through a period of my life that was insane and it lasted thirty-one years.”

Created and directed by Pamela Ribon, the unauthorized show carves the book into themes, which have been shaped into monologues and assigned to actresses of varying character types. Off-kilter song-and-dance interludes are thrown in for good measure. The result is a humorous if less than sensitive evocation of a fragmented personality.

As in the book, much of the story emerges out of a climactic phone call in which Heche confronts her mother about the abuse. With open copies of the book before them, the actresses sink their teeth into the already purple prose. Change-ups in pitch and tempo render a line such as ” ‘Did you hear me?’ I asked calmly” into a cresting wave of hysteria, followed by the sudden return of even-tempered rationality.

Another section, about Heche’s sexual comfort level, veers into the territory of “The Vagina Monologues,” while Heche’s sidewalk conversation with God makes imaginative use of a sock puppet. Happily, one of the things handled with restraint is Heche’s relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, which is wordlessly rendered in a brief, bittersweet Charlie Chaplinesque encounter.
The performances are solid, the laughs plentiful. The rest depends on how you feel about Heche.

—Daryl H. Miller

Daily Bruin (4 Stars)

With a zeal matched in size only by the ego of her subject, writer/director Pamela Ribon has transformed Anne Heche’s autobiography into an evening of unapologetic hilarity.

The performance, billed as an adaptation of readings from Heche’s “Call Me Crazy,” is more an all-out assault on the bizarre and often inept observations of one of Hollywood’s nuttier actresses. There are readings, to be sure, but there are also dramatic reenactments and ambitious musical numbers. Cynthia Szigeti’s performance of the table of contents alone is worthy of genuine laughter.

This virtual cabaret of comedy would of course not work at all if it were not for the shockingly rich source material. Heche recounts the more memorable moments of her life – from kissing the most popular guy in town to spending 12 days listening to God teach her the secret language of messiahs – in a prose style completely devoid of nuance or sophistication.

Many of the actors in this production take full advantage of the humor to be had in Heche’s often unbelievable ramblings. Stephanie Markham, swathed in twinkle lights, is particularly effective as both Heche and her infamous other self, Celestia.

Not every story in “Call Me Crazy” is a gem; in fact, there are a few included in this performance which could have easily been left out. But a show that lasts only 80 minutes is certainly short enough as it is, and definitely packs enough laughs to make it worthwhile.

—Sommer Mathis

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  1. My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ ,

    More and more greetings full of Love , happiness and praises to you, your family , churches members , friends , pastors , work mates , and relatives in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ whose blood shed on the cross enable us to become brothers and sisters one in the spirit even though we are miles a part and again please! please receive other warmest greetings of love from our total Orphans, widows , widowers , disable people and all our pastors and all our churches members !!

    My name is Rev.John Kaoto . I am having 4 children and one Wife , her name is Jenipher Atieno. I am Overseer of 5 churches in the Pentecostal Evangelist Fellowship of Africa.

    My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , we all thank you all so much for your prayer work of Love for the Lord and your very good work of God and we are so much encouraged with your works for lost souls to know the word of God!!

    My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord what a blessing and privileged it is to be used in the services of the king!!. We lift you all up and your families and all people of your ministry to God in our daily and hourly tearful faces prayers your strength , good health , along and abundant lives wisdom, for dedications and also we are praying and asking God to pour Himself into all of you !!. And again , we take this earliest opportunity to thank you all for your continued commitment and service to expansion of the kingdom of God and the growth of Ministry !!!.My dear brother, I just wanted to encourage you, your family members,mission committee members,church members and all your co- pastors that keep on doing His good work and things will work out for those who trust Him. My dear brother ,we are praying daily for all to have a good health,peace,prosperity and abundant lives with rewards here on earth and greater rewards in heaven. Be encouraged. Trust the Lord. He is faithful. Circumstances will change, the word of God does not change.You can live by it and die by it !!!!!!

    I assure you all , you will all receive a good reward from God for all your good works for Him and one day you will be very , very happy when you stand before the Lord receiving your very, very good rewards !!.

    May today’s success in your good work for the Lord be the beginning of tomorrows’ achievement !!.My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord, the battle belongs to the Lord He will fight for you and make you the head and not the tail !!. May the sweetness of success of success in your good work for the Lord bring lots of special , joy and peace to you!!And when the excitements are very , may your future overflow with everlasting happiness !.And again we pray God will continue to provide for all your needs as you continue to seek and serve Him my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord !!.We celebrate Christ in the life of everyone involved in this ministry like you sisters and brothers in the lord !!!.May we run this race of life to the end faithfully as those who have gone before us my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord, your prayers and supports would be so much needed to be our source of our encouragement to our Christian faith !!. We trust the Lord to help us win as many lost souls as possible in His kingdom in our generation!!.

    May we serve and look forward to the coming of the king my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord!!.Your words and works for the Lord’s would be our greatest sources of our spiritual food!!. Keep up the good work as we would pray for each others!!. My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , I want to encourage you all to keep on doing what God has commissioned you to do there and other countries , your work is not in vain!! I know that your work is not in vain!!.

    I know that God Loves you so much and you are a part of the great Kenya Harvest !!!.

    My dearest friends in Christ there and we all in Kenya here , as the children of God , we should be full of praise to our Lord days and nights !!. We should be His sunshine here on earth today !!.Many sinners are looking for the happiness , it makes us wonderful witness to the glory of His salvation for all and entices people to come to our Lord and drink from the well of salvation !!. We must take his message of peace , joy, and redemption to all nations, sacrificing all to all His story to all. If we fail , multitudes will never know our Lord. Thank you all to be our partners in this Jesus world our reach for helping me ( us ) tell His story of salvation for souls of healing for the body .

    My dearest brother pastor , we are on our knees praying daily in our hourly tearful faces asking God to use you all to build a bridge between you and our people here in our churches in our community or communities so that Christ can walk into life or lives of all these our people .And again we pray God will continue to provide for all your needs as you continue to seek and serve Him my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord !!.We celebrate Christ in the life of everyone involved in this Ministry like you sisters and brothers in the Lord!!. May we run this race of life to the end faithfully as those who have gone before us my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , your supports and prayers would be so much needed to be our sources of encouragement to our Christian faith !!.We trust the Lord to help us win as many souls as possible in this kingdom in our generation !!.May we serve and seek forward to the coming of the king my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord !!.Your words and works for the Lord are the great source of our spiritual food !!. Keep up the good work as we pray for each others!!.

    My dearest brothers and sisters , I want to encourage you all to keep on doing what God has commissioned you to do there and other countries !!. Your work is not in vain !!. I know that your work is not in vain .

    My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord our hearts are flooded with excitements as you work for the Lord and we would be very , very glad and so much encouraged to work with you all to expand the kingdom of God here in Kenya!!.My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , I or we express my or our heartfelt gratitude for all the brothers and sisters in the Lord who are faithfully supporting and laboring for your ministries to provides a great and rich food for hungry souls and it is enriching and growing for souls in the spirit walk and Lord’s service !!.

    We praise the Lord from the deepest of our hearts for your good hearts of love and glad work for the Lord!!. May God continue to bless you all and your ministries !!. And now may the Lord bless you all and may the Lord keep you, and may the Lord make His face to shine upon you all and may the Lord give you His peace .May you all discover today that the God of Abraham, Isaac , and Jacob is your source .My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , I deeply value your friendship and partnership in the work of the kingdom !!. As you sow into the kingdom of God will a HARVEST OF BLESSING in your life or lives .

    When you help us change the lives of those who are needy , hurting and broken God will change your lives or life .God has a HARVEST scheduled for you!!.My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , there are many hurdles a head of us as we commit to cover the earth with the LOVE OF GOD !!!.

    When you let go of what is in your hand God will let go what is in His hand !!. It would give or me, God and everyone great joy to able me write to you and tell you the work finished , but truthfully, we are just getting started we know the people understand the unconditional, unchanging , unlimited LOVE OF GOD –EVERYTHING CHANGE!!.

    My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord, I am very , very glad and encouraged that you share with me ( us) the burden of the lost ,God’s deep calling on my life to COVER THE EARTH with the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD and ARGET NEEDS !!.My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord, I am very , very glad , encouraged and refreshed and thankful to all your friends , relatives , churches members for responding generously to be a blessing to others !!. We do pray and fasting for God to raise up more partner s those will SOW DOLLARS into this MINISTRY RIGHT WAY .!!.My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord, your work there for the Lord , has transpired my friends , relatives , widows , total orphans , disable and poor people to have minds to work for the Lord with the people like you there !!.You all have SOWN into the kingdom ministry and the wall is built to into it is he height !!. I am very , very glad and so much encouraged that you have been a WORKER –WARRIORS with me as we cover the earth with the UNCONDITIONAL LOVE OF GOD. I am asking you all very kindly to do many good things my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord.!! .

    My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , I am asking you all very, very kindly to do two things for me ( us):

    1. PRAY: That the Lord will continue to bless our efforts to COVER THE earth with HIS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!!.

    2. GIVE :To help us reach people a cross the nation and a round the world .My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord, with your powerful commitment and generous investments in the work are going to do many things and will make us to complete the work !!.

    It tend to think that Dorcas was resurrected because of her deeds of givi9ng towards those who could not give her back, There are women who give with bad motive , to be praised .They .They give those will pay them back. The Bible says those who give to the poor lend to God and He will pay for that good deed .’’ He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but He who closes his eyes to them receive many curses ‘’ .( Proverbs 28:27).

    Let us remember that God bless us to be a blessing to others !!. ‘’ I will make you a great nation and I will bless you , I will make your name great , And you will be a blessing .’’ ( Genesis 12:2).

    Those who know this secret are blessed the most . It is not a must that you be rich to help others .In a place where people live , there are those who have more needs that others. Others are brought by God so that we help them, do not despise them. Help them the way you can and God will bless you ‘’There was no needy person among them .For from time to time those who owned lands or house sold them and brought the money from the sales and put it at the a apostle’s feet and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.’’ ( Acts 4:34-35).

    ‘’support a brother or sisters is without clothes and daily food .If one of you says to his, ‘’ God I wish you well , keep warm and well fed , ‘’ but does nothing a bout his physical needs , what good is it ?.In the same way , faith dead .’’ ( James 2:15-17).

    There are many blessing hidden in giving especially to the needy !!. There are times God brings people with needs so that you I or you help them!!. When I or you help them God answers my or your prayers which I or you have been praying for along time !! .It is more blessed to give than to receive .’’( Acts 20:25).Regardless of reasons for being poor , God commanded the Israelites to help the poor .

    ‘’When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap the very edged of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest –Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen , leave them for the poor and the alien .I am the Lord your God.’’ ( Leviticus 19:9-10).

    God wanted them to open hands to the poor to come and gather for their food. God commanded them to open hands to their brothers , the needy and the poor .

    My dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord we bless the Lord for He will provide every for our and your great needs there and ours here spiritually and financially , so we can carry on with this His work here and there!!.

    My dearest sisters and brothers in the Lord, I am coming to you all with a lot of respects , honors , a humble heart and I am asking you very , very kindly in the name of our heavenly Father God and His beloved Son Jesus Christ that, please !please would you be also to support me in prayers to get a good house of not for this grass thatched roof , wall soil and dusty floor which is so full of dust and jeagers !!.Please pray for me ( us ) to get some other people to support me with some materials , finances , clothes , clothes , blankets, food, medicines , and other things to help me to support these our total Orphans , widows , disable and widowers in our churches in our community of which there is nobody is taking their cares or nobody is carrying for them !!.They are walking naked , no shoes , no soaps , sick but nobody is caring for them !!. So my dearest brothers and sisters in the Lord , please !please help us to pray for these our suffering people to get some help for their great needs to make them to be more closer to God .Some of these our people are not going to the church because they are so much afraid to go to the church to meet other people because they are naked and very dirty and they are so much afraid because of some other people would laugh at them of their dirtiness and nakedness !!. And again please ! please pray for me to get a motor bike to enable me to reach many lost souls to hear the word of God to be delivered , saved and healed in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ .I am walking on foot for long distances to reach my church t spread the word of God .Pray for me to get some sponsors to help me and my family.

    I reaming on my knees praying and waiting to hear more good and encouraging information soon.

    We remain on our knees praying with out tearful faces asking God to move, touch and speak to many people to support His work and these suffering children to get their foods , good shelters or house , soaps , blankets , clothes , shoes , medicines and educations for these total orphan and many things for all these orphans , widows , widowers , disable and the poor people .

    Greet all.

    Lots of Love and Prayers to you all.
    REV. JOHN KAOTO
    P.O BOX 488

    SUNA –MIGORI

    POST CODE-40400

    KENYA –EAST AFRICA

    EMAIL:johnkaoto@yahoo.com

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