Bette Davis, with her signature cigarette in hand and blunt, often cynical acting style, is remembered as one of the most influential actresses of all time. An infamous, and sometimes aggressive perfectionist, another side, little known to the public, is captured in Jessica Sherr's one-woman show "Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies." Taking place on the night of the 1939 Academy Awards, where Davis leaves early following her best actress loss to Vivian Leigh. What follows is an hour of Davis reflecting on life: lost love, old friends, and the struggle to maintain freedom beneath the pressure of the Hollywood system. With sharp wit and humor, Sherr presents a little-known side to Davis; a sensitive, introspective soul in a struggle for independence.
"Bette Davis Ain't For Sissies" runs Friday, July 24, through Sunday, July 26, at Downstairs Cabaret Theatre (20 Windsor Street). Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. General admission tickets are $25. For more information, visit downstairscabaret.com.