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Mary Beth Barone: Silly Little Girl (Show And Tell)

By | Published on Saturday 13 August 2022

We begin with some family film of the precocious Barone looking to show off, a trait carried on through a potted early-life history of Mary Beth, the youngest of six, seeking opportunities to break into popular culture, whether as model, singer, influencer, whatever. That’s the silly little girl of the title who enables a lot of this layered show: some of the shallower references are straight-up gags, others have afterthoughts where the jokes of today-Mary – English teacher and actress – land and build cumulatively towards frank discussion of sexuality and (what I hope I read correctly as) a cleverly depressing and unique climax. Candid, thoughtful, thought provoking, provocative and, more importantly, funny throughout, and silly only in a good way. Go see.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Bruce Blacklaw]