The show’s a metaphor for the healing power of good music. Maybe that’s enough. But the weakness in Paulette Randall’s production remains the same: a lack of any forward drive in a non-existent story. Surely Nomax should at least be transformed, or transfigured, more spectacularly by the end?
Still, on the level of “party-time”, it’s pretty good, the Underbelly underpinned by Cameron Mackintosh and co-producing with the place where it all started, Stratford East, to provide a good onstage musical sextet and a super line-up of Moe-monikered dudes in snappy suits and harmonies so close they hurt.
NOTE: The above review dates from August 2010 and this production's original run in the Udderbelly Pasture at the Edinburgh Fringe. Five Guys Named Moe ran in Edinburgh from 4-29 August 2010.