5 Stars Boyz Online Scene Magazine, Page 36
4 Stars Gay UK Magazine
Gay UK Magazine
“This camp, colourful, and consummately comic production is based on a true story that has a devastating sting in its tail”
“Author Ronnie Larsen has taken a real-life drama and transformed it into a captivating narrative – one that is painted with broad comedic strokes for the most part, but is also capable of suitable gravitas and reflection when required”.
“Dave Lynn gives a bravura performance and gifts a real sense of 90’s magic to proceedings. Despite it being a solitary anachronistic anomaly, his rendition of ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ is a triumphant highlight. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to witness a true star so thriving in their element”
“The whole piece is exceptionally well cast”
“Rich Watkins displays nuance, depth, and a magnificent arse in the nude sex scene – an artiste with real skill and, doubtless, a bright future”
“Camp counterpart Stanley – performed with precision mincing by Chris Britton – is another brilliantly realised portrait, with Britton allowing us flashes of a real vulnerable human beneath the gaudy exterior of effeminate excess”.
“Many of the biggest laughs of the night belong to Louie Westwood as Brian – the acidly acerbic make-up and costume supervisor on the Jill Johnson Show. Westwood is a complete master of the bitchy put-down and flamboyantly steals the stage whenever he’s on it. An absolute theatrical star, Westwood is one to watch”.
“There’s also comic brilliance from Ruth Peterson as Jill Johnson herself – totally nailing the 90’s chat-show vibe with fierce flair”.
“a hugely enjoyable and consistently entertaining piece of theatre”
“go and appreciate being surprised by the twists and turns of this sublime slice of 90’s mayhem”
“Director Robert McWhir has put together a small masterpiece to be savoured – enjoy”.
“there are some laugh-out-loud punchlines in the jollity of everyday activity”
“a nice reminder that positives can be found whatever station of life we find ourselves in”
“Louie Westwood as Brian gives a suitably hammed up performance”
“a nice touch of fourth-wall breaching courtesy of Jill Johnson (Ruth Petersen) as we become, for a brief period, her chat show’s studio audience”
“Refreshingly, the show goes deeper than a show with a drag queen and daytime talk show host could reasonably be expected to”
“The choice of music used throughout the play underlines the era in which it is set”
“The company is well cast”
“Dave Lynn’s vocals rather charming and appealing”
“some stand out supporting performances from Helen Stirling’s Mom and Sarah Day’s Karen, the latter being the innocent victim of circumstances beyond her control – an aptly emotional late scene was poignant and powerful”.
“There’s a selfishness in being carefree and the pursuit of personal gratification displayed in the play that certainly gave me something to ponder on”
“a satisfying evening for those who like their shows multi-layered”.