"This energectic performer challenges what ‘old ladies’ can do and say with laughs, sass, and song"

- NYTheatre.com

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"It's a one-woman show blending songs, stories and French flair, beginning with a sequined beret topped with a miniature Eiffel Tower. D’yan Forest's performance is full of "mature themes," in more ways than one. First of all, she's 81. And her monologues are stocked with sexy stories and, on occasion, bawdy language we don’t use in a family newspaper. Her dialogue takes us back to 1950s Paris, where she went to study "men, life and pantomime." She has a good alto voice ("La Vie En Rose" was a favorite), but her showmanship and comic chops shine the most. She enthusiastically recalls her mother's mission to get her married, a two-humped camel mishap, a "Hello Dolly" performance greeted with silence (even from drag queens) and a Turkish bath encounter with a 25-year-old Syrian. She was 76 at the time, and, well, into it. Other songs include the wistful "Is That All There Is?" and "Not Exactly Paris." But her show isn't entirely set in the past. She explains how the Tindr dating app works (and what boys there always want) and follows up with an "All About the Bass" parody."

- by Dewayne Bevil, The Orlando Sentinel

"A delightful romp. Forest is a bit of scamp and her tales of naughty mischief are both entertaining and inspiring...she's a complete and total hoot. By shows end, I was itching to become a broad, abroad."
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- Theatre Is Easy, Best Bet

"A Broad Abroad, mixes sentimental charm with uncensored raunchiness, all with a homespun sort of panache...In Forest's sure hands, comedy, storytelling, and song flow together in a wave of warmhearted, dirty-minded, unexpurgated humanity."
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- Blog Critics

"A smart, funny and brave cabaret show meets world tour that left us wanting more."
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- The Reading Salon

"Forest is dynamic...delights us with her versatile talents...funny and heartwarming show."
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- Center on the Aisle

"Comedy extravaganza...As a performer, D’yan Forest commands the stage. It’s hers from start to finish…Forest is just delightful. She’s spry and crass, keeping her audience entertained with everything she shares."
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- New York Theater Now

"'Around the World in 80 Years' is playwright/performer D'yan Forest's third outing at the Orlando Fringe, and after enjoying an hour with this irrepressible octogenarian, I sure am sad I missed the first two. Subtitled 'A Good Girl’s Guide to Being Bad,' this one-woman cabaret combines tales from Forest's globe-trotting travels with show-tune standards whose lyrics have been tweaked to fit this saucy senior's sex-centric perspective."

- by Seth Kubersky, The Orlando Weekly

"D'yan Forest is irrepressible in naughty Fringe cabaret. D'yan Forest has been around the world — and around the block. Yes, I mean that sexual innuendo. And I'm pretty sure Forest would approve."

- by Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel

"Girls just want to have fun forever---The reason her show works is because people are surprised an older woman is having so much fun. Forest takes the stage sometimes with a ukulele, to chronicle her life adventures throigh comedy, drama, and song. She surprises and tantalizes her audiences with her unique style and clearly with some Parisian influence from her years of living and performing in Paris. Her message is: Love has no age!"

- by Joe Dziemonowicz, The Daily News

"D'yan Forest is charming, witty, and expressive as she moves through her deeply personal journey. She is entertaining and admirable in her style. She wishes the same euphoria and freedom for her audience, as she herself has been granted."

- by Karen Tortolla, The Happiest Medium

"This is a delightful show. D'yan Forest tells this story with a vulnerable mixture of remembered enjoyment and shock. This is not unlike having a cabaret evening with Betty White. The musical numbers include her versions of "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "I Want Some Sugar In My Bowl."

- by Ed Malin, NYTheatre.com

"This energentic performer challenges what "old ladies' can do and say with laughs, sass, and song. Forest's one woman show offers audiences the chance to be entertained by a world traveling senior citizen. It's a chance you won't want to let pass. Forest is not only a big hearted performer, she's a multi-talented story teller."

- by Lynn Berg, NYTheatre.com

"She's been likened to Betty White - However, 78 year old D'yan Forest who has the distinction of being Fringe NYC's oldest performer defies categorization or comparison. D'yan says her greatest hope is for audiences to walk away inspired, live life to the fullest becuase it skips along much to quickly"

- by Scott Stiffler, The Villager

"Girls just want to have fun forever---The reason her show works is because people are surprised an older woman is having so much fun. Forest takes the stage sometimes with a ukulele, to chronicle her life adventures throigh comedy, drama, and song. She surprises and tantalizes her audiences with her unique style and clearly with some Parisian influence from her years of living and performing in Paris. Her message is: Love has no age!"

- by Joe Dziemonowicz, The Daily News

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