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Parade (Oneoff Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 20 August 2014

In 1915 a Jewish man was lynched by a mob in Georgia. Jason Robert Brown wrote the incident into this historical musical – a fierce, sprawling epic that combines Brown’s restless musical style with period folk songs and a persistent military snare rattling along underneath. Oneoff’s production (complete with stunning period costumes) deals fearlessly with the musical. Steve Nicholson and Lauren Hutchinson as Leo and Lucille Frank, the central couple whose love flourishes in adversity, are near perfect. Nicholson is twitchy, timid and out of place; Hutchinson the calm, determined wife. Clumsy ensemble scenes and backing music that loudly drowns out the singing let the production down, but Oneoff is an amateur company really punching above its weight.

C too, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Tim Bano]