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Justine And Tony (English Rice Productions)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

Justine is a never-has-been cabaret singer travelling to an audition with husband Tony, an eighties obsessive with no ambitions beyond hearing Jefferson Starship played on the radio. For a play set in a van, this has little dramatic drive. While the couple’s bickering is recognisable, it’s hardly original, and Justine’s interminable squeals of ”shut it, Tony!” grate like a catchphrase in a bad sitcom. There are some genuine laughs, and the audition, featuring Justine’s one-woman attempt at retro duet ‘We’ve Got Tonight’, is cringingly believable, but the stalling script needs more than a power ballad to revive it. Like Justine’s singing, there’s nothing really wrong with this show, it’s just missing that special something.

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tw rating 2/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]