Review Round-up: Did Critics Adjust to Change?
In a display of virtuosic skill, Brachetti brings over 100 characters to the stage, from James Bond to the Queen via Johnny Rotten, in a series of astonishing quick change impressions. The show, which is directed by The Right Size's Sean Foley, also contains magic, illusions, comedy and anecdotes from Brachetti’s illustrious career.
Critics' reactions ranged from the superlative (“dazzling”, Dominic Maxwell) to the super-bored (“aaaaaargh!”, Quentin Letts). Praise predictably centred on Brachetti's chameleon costume abilities - “deeply felt as well as deeply skilful”. The broad range of cultural references, from Harry Potter to the films of Fellini, also shook fruits of praise from the critical trees. But detractors pointed out that Brachetti's skills might be better showcased as part of an all-encompassing variety show, as some found themselves ironically in need of a change by the end of the two hour running time.