Archive for the 'Myra Sands' Category

Review – Gigi, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

Thursday 14 August 2008

There are some things in the theatre that hack the Whingers off even more than everything else: the lack of a DBE, the absence of a proscenium arch, anything in the round, square or traverse staging.

But to be fair there are some things over which producers and directors have no control: the weather.

Well, we assume they have no control although the Whingers are convinced that Nicholas Hytner or Kevin Spacey might have some sway and they are entirely certain that Dame Judi Dench could help them forget it, whatever it was.

All of which is, of course, a pointless preamble to the fact that for many weeks the Whingers have – through their weatherproof wallets – been clutching tickets for Gigi at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (or, as the publicity insists on having it: Lerner and Loewe’s Gigi). Read the rest of this entry »

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Review – The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Landor Theatre, London

Monday 11 June 2007

The fringe is a foreign county; they do things differently there.

For the Whingers, attention during a fringe production always takes third place (at best) to other concerns.

Saturday night’s performance of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at the Landor Theatre, for example, was performed against the background of additional un-scored percussion courtesy of Andrew’s pocket abacus upon which he was doggedly calculating the economics of staging a musical with 26 cast members (plus band) in an auditorium which seats 65 people who have paid just £12 to get in.

Phil, on the other hand, spent most of the show breathing into a paper bag in an effort to recover from the pre-theatre anxiety brought on by his personal bête noire which is unallocated seating. Read the rest of this entry »