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raves for ripe

Part stand up confessional; part booty shakin’ biography, ripe is an examination of life re-invented midstream, and a reminder that the time to celebrate our bodies...and our right now.
— Deborah Vankin, LA Times
The voluptuous Wendy Hammers is sexy and, well... ripe. And it’s contagious! You are laughing or crying throughout this show, and when it’s over (all too soon) you walk out feeling wonderful about your own body, and maybe even appreciating it’s so-called flaws. For me, that was some kind of miracle.
— Tracy Newman, Emmy winner and co-creator of ABC's "According to Jim"
Wow! Amazing show. Loved it from head to toe. Was touched in many ways and I laughed and got teary eyed as well. Your timing was great, your words so real, fun and deep. Yes, I loved your dancing as well. I am so happy I got to see you in action and with your pure passion for telling your story from the heart.
— Lisa Kellogg, Choreographer,
In your journey of self-acceptance, you give other women permission to liberate themselves as well. Any women struggling with loving their bodies should see it. So that means every woman we know. And girl ... you can dance!
— Camryn Manheim, Emmy Award Winning Actress
I strongly recommend this show (I’ve already told a dozen people!). Every woman should see it. In our weight-obsessed culture, so many are forgetting to live, much less dance. Ripe brings this out so beautifully, poignantly and colorfully. I laughed, was touched and walked out “lighter” than when I came in. I still feel lighter! Thank you for sharing your journey and gifts. And you’ve got some wicked dance moves, girl. The “Jew-Lo” rocks!
— Janet Herin, freelance writer and communications consultant
A testament to Spirit alive. Delight personified.
— Ann Buxie, Producer, Tales By the Sea
You literally blew me away with your talent, genius and adorability (so sue me, I made up a word). Laughed out loud and was moved to tears. A hilarious stand up and funny, brilliant storyteller - and an amazing actress. Bravo. I couldn’t have had a more fun night.
— Monica Piper, Comedian and Emmy Award Winning Writer
I loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it! The pace, your truthfulness, the baring of your heart and soul, and most of all... your humor!!!!!! You were a blast! One thing for certain, I left wanting more... and feeling peachy! Superb direction.
— Giselle Shapiro, Producer
Fun, upbeat, personal, moving, hopeful, good ending. Makes me hopeful.
— Judy Oliverio, RN
HOLY SHIT! That was absolutely incredible! I loooooved it! I LOVED the dancing, the kibbitzing, the reality of life, love and embracing our body!
— Laura Numeroff, author "If You Give The Mouse A Cookie"
Celebrating the perfection of our bodies exactly as they are and in fact reveling in the juiciness of hips! Thighs! Breasts and bottoms! Sometimes I look at myself naked in the mirror and just say, “WOW!” =) I also totally agree that it’s a joy to be getting older - especially when the alternative is, um, not being alive at all!
— Atim Udoffia, Actress
Such a fancy dancer...Most of the 50-something women I know would wind up in traction if they tried that.
— Richard Bellikoff, Writer
Thank you for addressing so many themes and emotions that I recognize so well in my own life, but sometimes fail to hold a looking glass to. You did so with humor, compassion and honesty…such a brave performance. And your last-minute twists in delivery are just perfect.
— Tanit Sakatani, Photographer
I remind myself to think about your parable about our bodies every time the negative voice comes up. Well done, my friend.
— Anonymous