Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Theatre review: The Fix
The Fix tells a pretty straightforward story of political clichés that doesn't really hold any surprises but does so in style, and the songs (book and lyrics by John Dempsey, music by Dana P. Rowe) are almost without exception either toe-tappers or showstoppers. Dempsey's lyrics often have a dry, odd quality that makes me wonder if, as was the case with his take on Assassins, there's a level of humour in the piece that Strassen hasn't quite found. The cast are all strong singers and Brice gives good ice queen, and Strassen choreographs them in some ambitiously entertaining, for such a small venue, dance routines. But although there's no question Maskell can sing, his delivery of every single line, whether spoken or sung, in the same pained, nasal bark is like a parody of Musical Theatre ActingTM and very distracting.
The Fix by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe is booking until the 14th of July at the Union Theatre.
Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes including interval.