Karel C. Ancona
For the Nevada Appeal

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September 13, 2012
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'3 Blonde Moms' takes stage on Sept. 21

Carson Nugget Casino and Kat Simmons present an evening of laughter when the nationally touring comedy show "3 Blonde Moms ... See How They Run," takes the stage in the newly remodeled showroom on Sept. 21.

This ever-evolving comedy show features actresses Joan Fagan, Donna Cherry and Simmons, each giving their perspectives on motherhood and life.

The show, launched nine years ago, grew out of Fagan's one-woman stand-up routine and has played to sold-out audiences nationwide.

"The early seed for the show came with the birth of my daughter when I found I was writing more about that and the more people responded in ways they hadn't before," said Fagan, the show's producer. "The premise is that I'm the Perky Mom, one craft away from snapping, Donna is the Hottie Mom, the one who lives in our neighborhood who always looks good and always pulls it off, and then there's the Feisty Mom - that's Kat - the one who's more earthy and tells it like it is.

"We are the three unlikely friends in the cul-de-sac who share the bond of being moms."

The show opens with the women sharing the stage and then moves on to each doing their own thing, and then returning to the stage together to finish.

"We have created balance in the show and Donna, Kat and I have toured together the last three years," Fagan said, noting that having the support of good friends on the road staves off the loneliness that often comes from traveling solo.

"We are each so different in our approach and how we see things and it works," Simmons said. "You know my life is my act and my act is my life, so it always changes.

"And I would say that's true for each of us."

The women's talents range from stage performance to television and solo comedy careers. Audiences can relate to parts of what each woman brings to the show, from Fagan's crafty, PTA-attending, long-married world view, Cherry's comedy combined with her impressions, singing and dancing (she is Juilliard-trained) and Simmons' interpretation of single motherhood, aging and dating in mid-life.

"There is something for everyone to relate to," Simmons said. "And it also gives the men at our shows a better understanding, I think, of the women - their wives, mothers, daughters - in their lives."

And it is this evolution that keeps audiences coming back for more.

They have played every kind of venue, selling out 750-seat theaters in venues throughout the country on their fifth and sixth appearance, a fact that still surprises Fagan.

In fact, "3 Blonde Moms" has been so well received that Fagan is working on a movie script and has a television show in development.

Tickets are $25 in advance available at ccnugget.com or $30 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8 p.m. Carson Nugget Casino is at 507 N. Carson St., Carson City, (775) 882-1626. For the latest information about "3 Blonde Moms," visit 3blondemoms.com.

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Sep 13, 2012 08:09PM Published Sep 13, 2012 05:33PM Copyright 2012 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.