Scott, his co-workers and I saw Alison Arngrim's Confessions of a Prairie Bitch on Friday night. I was never a big fan of Little House on the Prairie (IMDB.com), but I did grow up watching the show and am familiar with the evil Nellie Oleson. Arngrim's hilarious stand-up act is all about her character and her behind the scenes experiences. She believably claims that someone has called her a "bitch" everyday since she began playing Nellie Oleson in 1974.
At 45, Arngrim looks terrific and still resembles the child actor we all know and were a little terrified of. She is very aware of herself and how we all know her. She even made her famous bug-eyed glare and wore a curly wig with bow just to scare us. She never complained about carrying the burden of 'Nellie Oleson' -- she said she even paid tribute to the real Nellie's gravesite in Forest Grove, OR, that day.
We had a great time, although the venue, the gay bar CC Slaughters, had a disgusting smokey atmosphere that made us leave as soon as the show ended. I thought smoking was banned from bars, but maybe not yet. While the show was a for a good cause, CAP, it seemed to be at the expense of another cause.