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Hairspray - Media Theatre
2012 Philadelphia Critics Award for Best Supporting Actress
GHOST: The Musical - Media Theatre
As the cranky Oda Mae, half-disgusted to discover that she actually possesses the psychic powers
she has been faking, Tamara Anderson steals the show in the same way Goldberg dominated the film, with her intoxicating charm, infectious humor, and fabulous voice, it is hard not to love Oda Mae.
Tamara Anderson has the unenviable task of playing the role for which the incomparable Whoopi Goldberg earned an Oscar for Ghost.
Anderson shows all the signs of the cunning con artist. She can reassure with the best of them. Anderson’s reaction is excellent when he she does hear from a dead person...Anderson is consistently funny. Oda Mae’s sense of self-preservation, and her smell of a decent payday, is all Anderson needs to play her part with the finesse of a flim-flammer but with the comic timing and astute broadness of Lucille Ball or Flip Wilson. Anderson’s is a fine-etched complete performance that knows when to pull out all stops and when to keep the acting to a human, realistic level. And, yes, she gets a rousing, house-shaking number in “I’m Outta Here” near the end of the second act.
Another standout performance in this production is Tamara Anderson as Oda Mae Brown, the psychic who has “a rap sheet a mile long” related to defrauding people including those who lost loved ones and now learns that she can actually communicate with the dead. [Anderson] gives this role life and pizazz and her vocals are all incredibly strong. I especially enjoyed her performance in “I’m Outta Here.” The role of Oda Mae Brown has to be a larger than life character, and Anderson definitely delivers in this part.
Don’t’ Bother Me I Can’t Cope - New Freedom Theatre
The first voice to crack through the still mostly dark stage is that of guest actress Tamara Anderson, who is clothed in many decrepit layers, her head adorned with a paper crown as she wheels her cart to center stage and wails in gorgeous exertion “I gotta keep moving.” Her message sets the tone for the rest of the show, which focuses on the African-American experience as it pertains to gun violence, ghetto life, protests, gentrification, and feminism.