I've seen quite a bit at 503 and was shocked at the poor quality of Paul Robinson's production. It was frothy nonsense with no plot whatsoever. Some of the songs were entertaining in a dragging out one line that's vaguely funny type way (Nude Erections/New Directions) but the majority of it was just vapid. At three hours it was tediously long. The set was a bit wobbly and the acting veered between wooden and OTT. None of the characters were three dimensional and although some of them had nice voices (although I suspect at least one of the actors was cast more on how she looked in stockings and suspenders)they had been directed to be devoid of human emotion.
Shame that 503 missed their opportunity to match their excellent reputation for new writing with this mediocrity.
29 Apr 10
Ah fantastic, adorable, hysterical Porn! Laughed myself stupid at last night's show and am lucky enough to HAVE to go again today with a different friend. Shame. Cast and casting spot on. Words and music likewise. David Burt always a treat but now I'm a fan of Miscellaneous Man. Thank you Theatre503! - Julia Johnson
25 Apr 10
This show started in Malta and has landed at Theatre503 in Battersea via the Edinburgh fringe. It's writers Boris Cezak, Kris Spiteri & Malcolm Galea are also the show's two musicians and narrator. It's tongue is firmly in its cheek and its huge fun.
Stefan runs away (from Malta) to the US when he discovers his fiance is a whore. He gets caught up in the porn movie business and falls in love with his acting partner but returns to Malta on developing an STD he believes she has given him. He's followed to Malta where the rest of the farcical story unfolds. The story is merely a vehicle for the fun, the music is good enough (with some very good song titles and lyrics), but it's the performances that make it. Brendan Cull is a brilliantly nerdy Stefan, Jody Peach is wonderfully OTT playing fiance / whore Jade, Sophia Thierens balances porn star with besotted lover perfectly, Alain Terzoli captures the vanity of the male porn star with a phd (work it out!) terrifically and I lost count of the roles (and the laughs) Ahmet Ahmet gets as 'miscellaneous man'. The actors occasionally step out of their roles to complain about their lot and this works really well, adding yet more laughs to an already overflowing cup. I'm not sure the role of narrator is entirely necessary and may be job creation for the writer / lyricist! It's great to go to something that's this much fun that's staged and acted so well and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. - Gareth James
19 Apr 10
went tonight amazing laughed all the way never went to sleep as I usually do great casting got to go - sherri peach
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