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Guitar Girls

Uber-alert JMDLer Les Irvin found this review by Charlie Huisking in an online article entitled "Theater curtains are rising all across Southwest Florida" at

As it celebrates the achievements of female singer/songwriters, the musical revue "Guitar Girls" also explores the way women's roles have changed in America.

"The earliest songs in the show are about home and family and spirituality," said Dennis Courtney, who is directing the Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret production that opens Thursday.

"The women were defined by their men, and how they felt about them. The later songs reflect the breakup of the nuclear family, and the changing relationships between men and women. Then, there's a real shift of consciousness, with women beginning to own their individuality and power for the first time."

Works by the Carter Family, the Weavers, Carol King, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, the Dixie Chicks and Mary Chapin Carpenter are featured in the show.

The song list includes "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," "If I Had a Hammer," "You've Got a Friend," "Jolene," "Mercedes Benz," and, naturally, Carpenter's "Girls with Guitars."

(Contributed by Les Irvin)

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