By Mark Dundas Wood
"Slender, Tender and Tall: An Evening with the Fabulous Ms. Jo Thompson"
Café Carlyle – March 21, 22, 23, 28, 30
Those who demand an orderly, meticulously crafted cabaret act should probably steer clear of Jo Thompson. They can give up their seats to the rest of us.
As a pianist, this singular performer—who's been appearing in nightclubs since the 1940s—is anything but dainty-fingered. An unapologetic honky-tonker, she wallops the keyboard as though pounding a flank steak with a meat mallet. At one point early in the show I saw—during a particularly boisterous moment—she hollered out, in reference to the piano keys, "Gotta slap 'em!"