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KJ Productions

Kathy Jensen is Pretty

Location + schedule

Ritz Theater Proscenium
345 13th Av NE

DateTimeMy FringeAccess
Thursday 8/55:30 p.m.  
Sunday 8/82:30 p.m.  
Monday 8/910:00 p.m.  
Thursday 8/127:00 p.m.  
Saturday 8/142:30 p.m.  
About the show

Contains Nudity
For ages 16+
Solo, Musical theater, Relationships, Multicultural

Written by Kathy Jensen
From Los Angeles, CA

Overall rating



Enter Kathy Jensen's pretty world, as she paints the picture of her life as a figure model. With stories, song and dance, "Kathy Jensen Is Pretty" reflects an artist's life inspired by artists.

User reviews

She IS Pretty
by Bill McTeer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
The line between a personal drama and self-indulgence is difficult to find. I think Kathy stayed just within the domain of personal drama. Her journey to discover comfort with herself applies to all of us.

Pretty, fine…but needs more direction
by Mirah Ammal Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
First let me begin by saying that I think that one important part of the problem with this show is beyond the producer/actor's control: her assigned venue. The Ritz Proscenium is an excellent venue for larger productions featuring dance and video or theatrical staging, but it is ill-suited for an intimate, mostly one-person show delivered in informal conversation tone. Too bad one of the smaller, more intimate tech-enabled venues (like BLB maybe?) doesn’t support video/projection for the Fringe, as the larger stages at Intermedia and the Ritz can feel overwhelming for a show like this.

As to the show itself, on the upside, Kathy Jensen does seem to be a lovely person with a winning, conversational demeanor. Her overall message is a good and positive one, and she flirts with some interesting ideas in the show.

That said, I wanted to like this show more than I did, but the show had several internal issues. First, though she brushes upon interesting ideas and topics, she never really develops any of them in a satisfying manner, always just brushing the surface. The story lacks dramatic structure and presentation—it’s not really a comedy (though there are a few giggles), but it is also without drama, analysis, self-revelation, or a sense of “real” feeling moments to help an audience connect and be drawn into Kathy’s story. The resulting effect is not entirely dissimilar from that of a long phone conversation with an old friend you haven’t seen in years but who never stops talking about herself long enough to see how you’re doing—you’re interested at first, then you try to hang in there and pluck out a few gems, Finally you end up feeling a little frustrated and a little disappointed, yet too polite and nostalgic to actually hang up. The opening dance number was also somewhat baffling; it had the appearance of a high school dance line/dance class recital number, and I expected some tie-in to the story or the actress’s past…but no connection was ever made, and I was left wondering why it was included.

The above sounds harsh, and I don’t necessarily mean it to be so. I got the sense that she actually *does* have some good ideas behind this show, and that there were nuggets that could be further developed, edited, and/or honed into a more effective, cohesive work. Unfortunately, in this iteration, the production lacks direction and falls flat.

In my notes I rated this production 2.5 kitties, mainly for its potential, but as half kitties are not allowed, I’ll round up to 3.

It's just a commercial
by Fringivitis Vulgaris Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
Apparently Kathy Jensen would like to present her resume'. She dances to '70s music, she recites, she has video testimonials about how nice she is, she commits battery upon a Tracy Chapman song, she plays piano, and she's not afraid to get naked. Kathy Jensen hopes to get acting gigs.

Yawn.

Yes, she is pretty but...
by Scott Pakudaitis Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
This show opens with a fun, lively disco number then devolves into low-key storytelling. I like storytelling when I can learn something from the narrator's experiences. In this show, what I learned is that the narrator is from St. Paul, she took an art class then started figure modeling, and that the people in the classes for which she models love her. Oh, and she took piano lessons. I felt that this show needed more shape. I didn't sense a build toward a climax; instead this felt like a one-woman comedy-variety show. If the latter was the intent, I wish there had been more variety, particularly fewer videos. I wonder if this show would have been more effective in a more intimate setting. The big stage overwhelmed the performance.

This title is pretty
by Kevin Drew Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
An interesting look at the act of modeling and how that performance can affect the model, and dramatically the energy of one person can change an experience and how we perceive it. I've always been intrigued by how much of a performance our appearance is, and Kathy Jensen is an engaging (and pretty) guide. Kind of leaves you with a warm, happy, and well, pretty kind of feeling. So it was neat.

Perfect Suprise!!
by Kecia Rehkamp Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I decided to go to this show on a whim. I had NO idea what it was about. What an amazing suprise. Kathy Jensen is not just pretty she is engaging, honest, funny and a joy to watch. Not everyone will connect with her and her beautiful stories but I certainly did. Go with an open mind and get to know Kathy!!

Kathy Jensen is Pretty
by Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I saw it Monday 10 PM. I loved it. There is an honesty about this Artist that reflects in how she presents this show. Kathy takes you from her Minnesota Roots, her education here and her Life in LA.
She talks about the ups and downs of an actors life and ultimalely what it means to survive. Her discussion of her Figure Modeling stints show her great humor as well as ultimately her vulernability. This show made me think of how to think about Bodies, my own included in a new and insightful way.
Definately a great show for women to see.
Bravo Kathy.

personal
by daniel taradash Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Solo shows are, by nature, a portrait of an individual. Usually the subject is a little deranged. Kathy is completely normal. Her show answers all the questions one might have about being a twenty year strugglng actor who ended up making a career of nude modeling, It is a warm and personable show, almost as if it is merely a one on one conversation.

Kathy Jensen is pretty ...
by Jean Sramek Follow this reviewer
Rating 1 kitty
... boring.

Amazing
by Abbie Foster Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Oh my gosh!! I did not really know what to expect from this show, but i was totally blown away. Kathy is so real on stage, her raw emotions and story is so interesting to listen to. I loved how she started out with a song and dance, it brought me to a happy place! I felt goosebumps, tears and laughter throughout the show. I HIGHLY recommend this show!! It's great for everyone. Great job Kathy!! Loved the documentary type feel to it with the interviews on film. Never a boring minute.

Kathy is engaging, not just pretty.
by Clark Kinser Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Kathy presents a touching and engaging story.
Very nicely presented, and the music is good too.

Poignant and Touching
by Laurie Jensen Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I was engaged at the first number, entertained by Kathy and the dancers and the music. My attention was held throughout the show, as Kathy takes us on her journey to becoming the woman that she is---and what a woman she is! She is multi-faceted, singing, dancing, with compelling dialogue.
And, she is, in fact, quite pretty.
This was a real event, addressing the body-issue issue that most women face all their lives. Bravo, Kathy Jensen! You moved me.

Casual and compelling
by Kirsten Stephens Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
An enjoyable blend of dance, music, and self-reflection. A nice break from the typical myopic story-of-my-life show. Kathy reminds me of Lilly Tomlin; she is personable and at ease with the audience. You leave the theater feeling like you've just made a new friend, but also challenged to re-think your own self-image.

Heartfelt & humorous
by Kitty Warner Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
A very entertaining depiction of life in LA, auditioning for acting parts and posing as a life model for artists. Don't miss the high-energy opening dance number and Kathy's hilarious participation (and she can dance too).

A fun, yet poignant real-life tale!
by Doug Daggett Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I loved the show! Having grown up in the Twin Cities and moving to Los Angeles 20 years ago to pursue an acting career, Kathy tells a fun, yet poignant real-life tale. In a world of artificial beauty, or beauty only on the outside, we see in this performance what makes Kathy Jensen so pretty.

well worth seeing
by sheila sweeney Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
While I know the artist, others in my party did not, but we all loved the show. It was funny, touching and well worth seeing. Kathy captures you right away and keeps you entertained throughout. I have experienced many fringe shows over the years, this rates very highly.

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