People love to sugarcoat the problems of singers. France's most famous female singer, Edith Piaf, usually comes in for especially ridiculous treatment. People constantly say unbelievably idiotic things about her, such as "Her rise to iconic stardom was not without its difficulties." That's moron talk for "She was a junkie bitch diva asshole with a death wish." Them: "But through all her loneliness and desperation, she never stopped singing." Real: It's a good thing for her she could sing, or she would have been considered human garbage by most of her fans. In Piaf: Love Conquers All, this tendency is especially strong -- look at the title, which could have the appendage (Except Death by Foreseeable Drug Abuse Complication.) Yet we recommend seeing the play, because it stars Naomi Emmerson, who plays Piaf by working, and working, and working, and by ignoring the wigs on which the directors and the costume department obviously compromised, and the result is very beautiful.
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