the Doyle and Debbie show
The Doyle and Debbie Show is sublime parody, simultaneously lampooning and idolizing country music's tradition of iconic duos and their subsequent battle of the sexes. Bruce Arntson and Jenny Littleton wield the vocals of vintage country stars and the acting chops of Broadway veterans, taking audiences on a freewheeling joyride through a wickedly funny script and slew of equally hilarious original songs. Over the past three years, Doyle and Debbie have developed a rabid cult following in Nashville, many of whom have seen the show over a dozen times—everyone from theater-going professionals to college students who wouldn't be caught dead in a theater or a country bar.
"...a gloriously tacky send-up of a washed-up country duo." - The New York Times
"...hilarious piece of low-brow inspiration turned into high entertainment." - Nashville Scene
"The Doyle and Debbie Show is a brilliant musical revue that should be seen more than once." - The Tennessean
"It is akin to George and Tammy doing a night at the Grand Ol' Opry - only on mescaline." - Austin Onstage
"It's hilarious in the manner of Spinal Tap's tour in the mockumentary and just as spot-on in satirizing a musical genre's styles and sensibilities (or lack thereof)."
- Austin Chronicle
"Bruce Arntson (Doyle), who wrote or co-wrote the songs, and Jenny Littleton (Debbie) inhabit their characters with near-creepy perfection."
- Austin American-Statesman
"Littleton has a terrific voice that can evoke everyone from Patsy Cline to Dolly Parton." - The City Paper
"Littleton and Arntson have breathtaking singing and acting talents." - The Tennessean
"Arntson appears here with train-wreck curiosity, wondering just how deeply he'll dare to venture into his psychological black hole." - Nashville Scene
"Littleton is talented as usual, using her coyly flexible voice to solid comic effect even when she's singing things straight-ahead. Arntson is often flat-out brilliant, inhabiting his frighteningly lifelike character with a passion and intensity worthy of the country entertainers he lampoons. His tongue-twisting delivery of the show's closing number is masterful." - Nashville Scene
"In its raising of lowbrow Southern culture to the level of something approaching art, "Doyle and Debbie" can be enjoyed on more than one level, but the songs put it way over the top. In a good way." - Austin American Statesman
"The Doyle & Debbie Show is like Spinal Tap with a twang, and it manages to tweak and tickle without ever denigrating country music." - Peter Cooper, The Tennessean
"A great script, supremely clever songs and two extraordinarily talented performers make this show worth seeing again and again." - The Tennessean
"It's the greatest thing I've ever seen!" - David Auburn, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning author of "Proof".