Julian Eaves reviews Jessica Martin in Shirleymander about Lady Shirley Porter now playing at London’s Playground Theatre.
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Dickinson is superb in I Loved Lucy. She gives a masterclass in how to fascinate and compel an audience’s avid attention.
These songs rank amongst Sondheim’s best, and the witty, light-as-air confection of the book is a constant joy, managing to stay always earthy and ‘grounded’, no matter how fancified the subject matter might become.
Despite this, there are quality performances on offer and an intriguing plot. The gradual descent of Nick from hero to scoundrel in Constance’s estimations is very well done. This may well be Hellman’s best play, and it’s an excellent work of its time and kind, but a little refinement would not go amiss.
Lucille Ball once said about comedy, ‘you’ve either got it or you don’t’, but this amusing production falls somewhere in between. It is heavy on laughs and quips but may need a more streamlined script to become loved rather than liked.