The Drowsy Chaperone

4 stars
****

‘Drowsy’ is one of those shows which is so hard to describe other than telling people to “Just go see it!” – the name doesn’t inspire and neither does the synopsis really, but it is an absolutely fantastic show and is sure to take off over here in the next few years.

EUSOG’s production is a very competent version, well directed and very well sung throughout. The staging is simple and the choreography basic but that’s always going to be a limitation in this venue. It is a huge pity that “Message from A Nightingale” was cut as it’s such a brilliant moment but I can completely understand why give the constrictions and it was covered well.

The small band is excellent and not too loud however the cast were drowned out frequently – Augustine’s needs mics for musicals, it’s such a pity we couldn’t hear bits of dialogue over underscoring and solo voices over ensemble backings.

Kudos to ‘Janet’ for some outstandinging singing and to the ‘Man in Chair’ for excellent characterisation and comic timing. But well done to all, a fabulous show.

Review by Alan

Paradise in Augustine’s
6-19 August (not 13)
22:15-23:45

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