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The Unremarkable Death Of Marilyn Monroe (Dyad Productions)

By | Published on Monday 5 August 2013

Elton Townend Jones’ startling, sensual, sarcastic investigation into the secret insecurities of a star and sex icon makes you race to keep up. I suspect (from one audience member’s loud laughs) that it includes more comic nuances and name-dropping than those unfamiliar with the details of Monroe’s life can easily appreciate. But it’s when it reaches its darkest points that it is most successful. In this one-woman confessional, Lizzie Wort gives it her all, every movement full of energy. Her wide smiles and exuberant tones are characteristically stoic, even in outbursts of anger and grief. It’s a discomfiting dynamic, distracting from the atmosphere of approaching tragedy that the clothes-strewn stage and increasing fidgeting with pills make eerily apparent. Anything but unremarkable.

Assembly George Square, until 26 Aug, 1.10pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Amber-Page Moss]