It's the Girls shows Midler as nimble and versatile as ever. While her contemporaries have settled into grand stateliness or offer wispy remakes of their former glories, Midler, at 69, continues to push herself forward. Come and get these memories, indeed!
"Have we got a corpse?" I suppose that's the first question asked in certain types of police procedurals. And, of corpse, if there is one, the next question is "Whodunit?" These questions and many more lie at the core of two recent Bay area premieres.
Although the show is inspired by real events in the life of memoirist Piper Kerman, Norma's performance may be the truest case of art imitating life on the show -- after all, Annie Golden, the actress who plays Norma, has been bringing down the house with her voice for decades.