As Revieved in the Toronto Star

    Neale Godfrey takes her #1 New York Times Best Selling talents to the stage with her original and comedic one-woman show. Based upon her life experiences we witness the hilarious twists and turns of a dynamic woman making her way in the world of business.

    Financial guru turns life story into good laughs

    Orignial review by JOHN TERAUDS for the TORONTO STAR

    You never know what you're going to find on our smaller stages.

    Who would have thought that one of the top financial minds in the United States could be found strutting and fretting solo on the stage of the Poor Alex Theatre in the Annex, shilling for laughs on Friday night.

    New Jersey resident Neale Godfrey was in town for just one week, ending Saturday, presenting her comedic one-woman show, Tap Dancing Through The Boardroom.

    And in the fine tradition of all good storytellers, she didn't have to make much up to draw consistent laughs from her all-ages audience.

    Godfrey has 14 how-to books on personal finance to her credit — many focusing on introducing children to the meaning and value of money. She is a syndicated columnist with the Associated Press and is a regular guest on mainstream television south of the border.

    This dynamic and quirky individual also has a great personal story to tell about how she went from being hired by the Chase Manhattan Bank in 1973 as one of its first two female executive candidates, to heading up the First Women's Bank and founding the First Children's Bank.

    Along the way, she pokes fun at herself and the male-dominated world in which she decided to toil. The show works best as a gentle lampooning of our social mores — such as trying to remain composed after tumbling down a flight of stairs just before a major interview, or realizing that everyone was too polite to point out to her that she had mistaken her lipstick for lip balm during a parched airport delay.

    It is also a poke at what we take for granted professionally. Such as when Godfrey misinterprets the term global credit for mobile credit (you have to say this with a mid-American accent) and makes a pitch for roving vans delivering deposits, withdrawals and credit cards to neighbourhoods across the country.

    Director Kate Lyn Reiter has done a good job of helping Godfrey distil her experiences into amusing, stageworthy anecdotes for the show, which was in workshops in New Jersey when local theatre producer wannabe Jonathan Hirsh decided to bring it to Toronto.

    Jonathan, the 18-year-old son of Nelvana co-founder Michael Hirsh, may still be in high school, but he already has a nose for interesting, offbeat talent. We can only assume this bodes well for other stage projects he wants to bring our way in the future.

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