ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Paul Taylor-Mills)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Dazzling smiles and breathless enthusiasm redeem this potentially pedestrian farce. A very warm welcome fills the rather bare stage as Anthony and Andrew plan their marriage, apparently doomed by Anthony’s overbearing mother and Andrew’s villainous ex. A gaggle of sassy lesbians step in as the show trundles to its predictable, but no less heart-warming, conclusion. While the lead couple lacks some sparkle, highlights include the vocal skills of Ceris Hine, Rebecca Hickey’s show-stealing flexibility and Andrew Beckett’s hysterically waspish wedding-planner. Brassy Brooklyn accents hammer home the punch-lines, with a nervous energy no doubt responsible for a few garbled moments – if that energy can be sustained throughout the Festival, this pleasing show promises to provide a reliable hit of high-kicks and high camp.

C, 3 – 22 Aug, 8.30pm (9.45pm), £7.50 – £11.50, fpp283.
tw rating 3/5