Psychotherapist Margy Seides performance of "Home on Deranged" raises consciousness and funds for cancer. By: Linda Amiel Burns
Margy Seides is a survivor in life and of breast cancer. Her autobiographic show "Home on Deranged" at The Laurie Beechman Theater on October 20, 2013 was a Benefit for The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer with a special dedication to Jodi Wagner, another survivor. By day, Margy is a psychotherapist, and wellness coach… but by night, she is a singer/comedienne who heals herself through music and song and has been performing her one woman shows for the past 11 years. Barry Kleinbort deftly directed this yearly fund raising concert and her musical director (and sometimes duet partner) was the talented pianist David Gaines.
The show opened with "She Works Hard For The Money" using special lyrics relating to her life, turning to David frequently and asking him various questions. Her strength is comedy and Margy’s comic routine talking about her patients, working as a phone sex operator to make extra money, and her journey toward self-actualization was very funny. A song she wrote "My Perfect Therapist" described the relationship with her first therapist that led her into this profession.
Starting with the song "Married" she talked about her doctor husband, saying "we had 15 good years, and married for 33." Margy showed her acting skills and tender side with "Where Do You Start?" about the break-up, finding herself newly single, moving to NY and alone, saying "he found a new wife, I found a new dress size."
Trying to get back into shape, she sang a great rendition of "Bacon" as a woman obsessed and out of control. It was one of the highlights of the evening. The show went on to cover her fantasies, bad dates, old flames, motherhood and dependency. A sweet duet with David was "You’re Just In Love" singing it as a patient needing answers to her problem, and David responding as a Dr. Freud-type. Margy summed up the show with "In My Life" and "They Can’t Take That Away" inferring that all her past experiences and loves are what make her who she is today. Being comfortable with herself and finally finding her home, she closed with Barry Kleinbort’s "Ma Maison."
Margy’s show was varied and entertaining giving the audience a good sense of who she is and what she went through in her life. Great that she was able to use her gifts not only to entertain, but also to raise money for a good cause.
Laurie Beechman Theatre at The West Bank Cafe