Erykah Badu's One Woman Show Kind of Fell Flat

Erykah Badu's One Woman Show Kind of Fell Flat

At one point, she ate a whole bag of potato chips on stage.

Published October 31, 2015

Erykah Badu is one of those women we thought could make anything seem interesting, but that's apparently not the case. The neo-soul icon put on a one-woman show called Live Nudity in Dallas last night, and according to critics it left much to be desired.

POLITICALLY CONTROVERSIAL PERFORMANCES

The show, held at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters, consisted of thirteen "scenes" performed over the course of nearly two hours, featuring Badu doing everything from performing with sock puppets to eating a bag of potato chips into a mic. She described the show to Guide Live as "kind of stream-of-consciousness," adding that, "I'm a pretty spontaneous artist."

Well, the Dallas Observer wasn't buying it.

The paper said the show felt like a “sloppy dress rehearsal” rather than a piece worthy of an audience. While calling elements of the show "stale," the Observer did admit that Badu "did reveal some comic potential" in a couple of the skits, and that "there are a couple of moments in Live Nudity that hint at what Badu the solo actor and comedian might be capable of if she wrote, rewrote and polished a script, rehearsed it thoroughly, worked with a good director and added some touches of showbiz glam."

Sounds like she has a lot of work to do, if she plans to take the show on the road. 

Watch What's At Stake: Erykah Badu and Ray J Tell Us #WhatsAtStake in the video below, and see her host the 2015 Soul Train Awards, Sunday Nov. 29 at 8P/7C on Centric.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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