Æ’s young critics go Into the Woods:
Four young Edinburgh-based theatre critics will be reviewing for All Edinburgh Theatre this fringe, in a new mentoring scheme. Here are their early reviews of Into the Woods.
✭✭✭✭✩ Dark magic:
Wise beyond their years, the young performers of Stage Experience find the dark corners of Sondheim and Lapine’s great musical Into the Woods at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
✭✭✭✭✩ Loves me true
Crisp, knowing and contagiously fun, Love Me Tender thrusts and gyrates its hips upon the Playhouse Stage for a week-long run as part of its UK tour.
✭✭✭✩✩ Luft for life:
When you’re Lorna Luft, the shadow of Judy Garland is inescapable. The Hollywood legend introduced her daughter to the world in a touching segment on her TV show, singing a new song, Lorna, to her. And now she’s singing back with a 20-date tribute to her mother.
✭✭✭✭✩ Star quality:
Seventies rock bombast and the story of the death of Jesus are brought together to thrilling effect in Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s early rock musical, which lights into the Playhouse for a week.
✭✭✭✭✩ Medieval dead funny:
There’s no pork, but plenty of spice and some jolly enjoyable ham as the Monty Python musical returns to Edinburgh – with far fewer Spam references than you might expect from the title.
✭✭✭✩✩ Faithful and affectionate:
Technically impressive, the touring production of Dirty Dancing avoids any suspicion of cynically trading on the affection felt for the original film while never really succeeding in its own right.
✭✭✭✭✩ Poster colours:
Big, slick and growing ever more gaudy, Bill Kenwright’s record-breaking touring production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat arrives at the Edinburgh Playhouse with sparkling new narrator Amelia Lily at the helm.
Stunning dancing, melodic interludes and brazen humour combine in Dance ‘Til Dawn. It is a package that defies any rational analysis, but is so bursting with skill and chutzpah that the result is impossible to dislike.
✭✭✭✭✩ Skills and thrills
Breathtaking to the last, Cirque Berserk delivers the circus thrills of the big top on the theatre stage for three nights only at the Edinburgh Playhouse.