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Cassandra – Mary Canary (Claire Lenahan)

By | Published on Monday 31 August 2015


Claire Lenahan gets points for guts, stage presence, and the power to make mediocre material seem entertaining. The premise is the last ditch attempt at fame from an ex-convict, with magic show, inevitable confessions of her sordid past, a lovely assistant called Hans, and lots of audience interaction. Whew. Lots going on. She juggles these elements competently, but some could be cut: the German stereotypes of Hans are as old as the hills, and just as amusing. Surprisingly, the magic was actually surprising – almost the best bit. What makes the show enjoyable is less a particular aspect than the ambience Lenahan manages to squeeze out of the odd hybrid orange she’s chosen to make the meat of her show.

Just The Tonic at the Caves, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Lucy Diver]