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Off-Broadway star April Kidwell—a UNLV and Las Vegas Academy grad—has built a cottage industry parodying (and re-inventing) roles originally played by actress Elizabeth Berkley.

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June 27th, 2019

Off-Broadway star April Kidwell—a UNLV and Las Vegas Academy grad—has built a cottage industry parodying (and re-inventing) roles originally played by actress Elizabeth Berkley.

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  • “This play is powerful. It’s a perfect artist response to corruption.”

  • The uniquely Vegas production has come a long way since the days of scavenging for casino performance spaces.

  • “There’s so many parallels of my life. It’s one of most relatable roles I’ve ever played.”

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  • Director Chris Davies points out that the play touches on the issues of immigration reform and women’s rights—without losing any laughs.

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