Tuesday, 5 August 2014
Theatre review: Marry Me A Little
So although the two actors share the stage, their characters rarely seem to be in the apartment at the same time: The Man (Simon Bailey) returns with takeaway meals for evenings alone, while the Woman (Laura Pitt-Pulford) is packing her stuff away and moving out. But their lonely Saturday nights are interspersed with flashbacks to happier times in their relationship.
The pair are very good and the complicated songs work well; Pitt-Pulford is especially impressive (Bailey has a tendency to go a bit "if-in-doubt-belt-it-out") and she's funny in numbers like "Can That Boy Foxtrot!" and "Pour Le Sport" (although if the Man took Wii Golf seriously enough to get a golf club extension for his controller, surely he'd also hold it two-handed?) The evening's overall fun and well-sung, but the "story" that's been built around the songs is non-existent and bounces around seemingly at random. Once you add all the furniture, the stage is pretty cramped even for just two performers, and Chissick has barely blocked any of it to the third of the audience sitting on the side (in what seems to be becoming a trend, we didn't even get a bow.) So this is fun for Sondheim completists, but not necessarily a must-see.
Marry Me A Little by Stephen Sondheim is booking until the 10th of August at the St James Studio.
Running time: 1 hour straight through.