Acrobat and comedienne extraordinaire

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December marked the 2 year anniversary of Olivia’s joining the Medical Clown Project. She performs for adults and children in hospitals, residences, and skilled nursing facilities throughout the Bay Area, helping change the health care system through play and laughter.

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PRAISE FOR SECRET AGENT PRETTY SMART:…………..

“Tackles new territory” ~Alex Kipp *********************

“A really fun show by a charming performer” ~Adam Gerstacov ****************************************

“Audience interaction was handled with comic dexterity…improvisational moments were delightful…”~Nina Levine

“Experienced and intelligent performer” ~Kyle Knox of Informed Edinburgh

REVIEWS FOR OLIVIA LEHRMAN:

Published September 14, 2016 by Jo Tomalin, San Francisco Bay Times:

This is a solo show exploring femininity. Olivia Hallie Lehrman performs her solo show using storytelling, direct dialog to the audience, physicality, and clown characters. She is a very compelling performer and immediately engages the audience as she shares her quirky world. Make no mistake about it, Olivia is on a mission to not only entertain but also enlighten. Her bold topics are femininity and feminism. However, this is a fascinating show for everyone, that unfolds sometimes elegantly and sometimes surprisingly. So hang on, and as she says, “Woman up!”

A moment of shadow play set to beautiful music is alluring and graceful as the journey begins. Obama features in voiceovers, talking about female stereotyping – and then we are swept up into Olivia’s smart and funny red-jacketed dance number. She’s a good mover and has an obvious acrobatic and dance background. Comedic moments abound as she gets into and out of different costumes and tells the audience about her history with boyfriends in NYC and why she became a performer.

She works well using her props while speaking directly to the audience, and very sincerely, too. Her eyes project around the audience, as if we are all her friends in this rapidly established rapport. Olivia draws the audience in and then changes the dynamic completely with a very different character or topic – or a mini discussion amongst the audience! For example, with wry humor we learn about what she really wants in life and shares a poignant sweet story – and the next she shows a bawdy side of her humor, literally.

There is an interesting pastiche of music throughout, ranging from raunchy, operatic to beautifully melodic. Speaking about music, Olivia performs an excellent clown sketch featuring her older self and a concertina. Each moment is very well worked out and polished, and it would stand up as an individual number in any theatrical clown setting. This single sketch (credited in the program for Creation & Direction by Aaron Tucker & Amy Gordon) is a wonderful example of a solo clown piece and should be seen by everyone interested in or aspiring to create or perform physical theatre or clown.

A Cabaret: Maiden, Mermaid, Crone is recommended for everyone who enjoys humor and physical comedy with interesting themes that make you think, just a bit, and entertains a lot! Last chance to see this show at the SF Fringe: SAT SEPT 17 @ 9:00 PM. EXIT Theatre.

By Eryka M. Fraczek Jan 21, 2010:

“I chanced upon Olivia Hallie Lehrman’s delightfully hilarious one-woman show as a French femme fatale secret agent, unexpectedly arriving late to the performance which was already underway.  As I was getting settled in my seat, our diminutive secret agent, dressed in a short, white bouffant trench coat with black polka dots, red and white stilettos, red fishnets, a red beret and abundant cleavage, was making her rounds in the audience, speaking in an impeccably sassy French accent.  When, in the row before me, she said “you can bring a horse to water but you can’t make him . . .,” I impulsively said “drink.”  Oops!  Our secret agent looked up in amazement and asked my name.  When I told her, she asked incredulously if I was Secret Agent Eryka, to which, I, of course, admitted.  Little did I know I was about to become the object of her seductive wiles.

I am relieved to say I was not the only object of her attention in this delightful evening of spellbinding improv.  As our secret agent pursues personal amorous objectives while on duty as a secret agent, her antics include acrobatics, dance, mime, song, and “virtuosity” on the piano and concertina, amid a deliciously deft and sly French wit.  She is an exotic cat, properly drawn as a French cartoon.”

****SHOWS****

— A Cabaret: Maiden, Mermaid Crone

San Francisco Fringe Festival September 10-17

— Pirates & Mermaids

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: July & August 2016

— Backwoods Valentine’s: Ol’ Lady Emcee

Feb 14th, 4pm @ Roaring Camp

— Oakland Children’s Hospital

Dec 12th, 12-2pm

Medical Clown Project: Duo performance by Olive the Clown and Ms. Pretty Smart

— Monkey & Trainer

Dec 5th, 6pm

Cirque du Noel @ Marin Country Mart http://marincountrymartcircus.bpt.me/

— Cirque Spooktacular

October 23-25: Fri 6pm; Sat & Sun 1 & 4 pm

Ms. Pretty Smart as emcee at Interactive TTC in Redlands, CA

**PRETTY SMART CIRCUS CABARET**
@ Santa Cruz Fringe Festival: New & Improved Sola Show

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Farther back past performances:

— “Best Concertina So Far” @ Asheville Burlesque Festival!!!!!!!!!!

— “Best Concertina So Far” @ The Hubba Hubba Revue, Oakland CA

— Emcee & US debut of Monkey and Trainer @ Mill’s Trills Winter Bash at Littlefield in Brooklyn

— “Best Concertina So Far” @ The Loose Caboose Show

— Mission Impossible Aerial Act @ Downtown Clown Revue

—Puppet Art Attacks Slam: 8pm Sunday Dec 18th Theatre For the New City

— Hey-Ya Brothers’ Comedy Hour: 2pm Saturday Dec 17th Dixon Place

— Trapeze Loft Winter Cabaret: 8pm Friday Dec 16th Big Sky Works

— Andy Kaufman Comedy Award Semi-Finals: 8pm Sunday Nov 5th Gotham Comedy Club

— Bond Street Extravaganza for Haiti: 7:30pm Thursday Nov 17th Sidewalk Cafe 94 Ave A @ 6th St.

—V4V Puppet Arts Attack: 8pm Sunday Dec 18th

—The Gatsby Club: 8pm Friday Oct. 14th Glasgow Cabaret Festival

—Sweet Release Cabaret: 11pm Sunday Aug. 28th Edinburgh Fringe Venue Apex City Hotel @ Grassmarket

—Last week of August: Ms. Pretty Smart Show STREET PERFORMS in Edinburgh!    (Check out the schedule on: http://www.edfringe.com/participants/fringe-street-events/daily-guide)

—Migration Cirque; Edinburgh Fringe–UK Debut of Monkey & Trainer

—Edinburgh Festival Candid Cabaret

—Migration Cirque; Pocking, Germany–European Debut of Monkey & Trainer

—Street Performing Boulder, CO

—Big Time @ Boulderado Hotel Boulder, CO

—Lannie’s Cabaret; Denver, CO

—Aerial Comedy and Musical Comedienne @ Big Sky Trapeze Brooklyn, NY

—New York Frigid Festival

—Uptown/Downtown Series@Chen Dance Center & Dance Theater of Harlem

New York Clown Festival @ Brick Theatre Brooklyn, NY

Downtown Clown Revue “Best Clown Character” Nomination NYC

Mission Impossible Aerial Comedy @ Skybox Brooklyn, NY

Broad-ville Cabaret; Arlington Center for the Arts, MA

Women on the Way Festival San Francisco; CA

Down & Dirty Series @ Dance Mission Theatre San Francisco, CA

Clowns Without Borders—Haiti Expedition

Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus National Tour

Krooze Komics @ Royal Caribbean

Cirque Boom; Company Member 2002-2005