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Show has lessons from ‘bad’ girls

Leeds to perform at La Jolla club

Members of the La Jolla Womens Club want to know “Why are the wicked so irresistible?”

To get the answer, they’ve invited Broadway actress and motivational speaker Dorothy Leeds to present her one-woman show “Good Lessons from Bad Women,” 2 p.m. March 21 at the club, 715 Silverado in La Jolla.

The 70-minute comedy sees Leeds bring to life seven “bad” women from history.

According to press material advancing the show, “The cast of seven women may not have been angels, but may also have been much misunderstood. Did China’s first female emperor sleep her way to the top? Was Mae West really the role model for ‘Sex in the City?’ What makes a well-bred woman like Anne Bonny become a nympho-maniacal pillaging pirate? Was Mrs. Machine Gun Kelly a straight shooter or did she hype her husband into the outlaw hall of shame?”

In this spirited romp through history, the audience will meet Dorothy,

a good girl who wants to be a bad girl. She resolves this conflict with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt and seven naughty, bawdy (and often hilarious) bad women who guide her from rebellion to self-acceptance with the subtle lessons they impart. Along the way, the audience learns that deep in the recesses of some very wicked women, some good is lurking.

Performer/playwright Leeds is a member of Actor’s Equity, the Screen Actor’s Guild, AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild. Her Broadway credits include “Stop the World I Want to Get Off. "

She has performed at the University of Wisconsin, the University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Harper College, the University of Florida, The Smoot Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, and others.

In addition, she is the author of the play “Venus De Milo Doesn’t Have Arms,” as well as the books “The 7 Powers of Questions,” “PowerSpeak” and “Marketing Yourself.”

A motivational speaker, moonlighting as a film critic for MSNBC, Leeds lives in New York City with her husband.

Ticket information

  • Senior citizens: $20
  • Advance: $25. (619) 233-7963,

www.WomensMuseumSD.org

  • At the door: $30