Parade - 4**** - One4Review
one4review | On 23, Aug 2014
This slightly cut down version of Parade was, in the main, very good.
The main part of Leo Frank is a big task, it requires a specific accent and also quite a specific build of actor and Steve Nicholson carries this off exceptionally well, making Leo a very believable anti-hero and a joy to watch. He does sound remarkably similar to the Donmar recording which can’t be bad though.
Lauren Hutchinson is also well cast as Leo’s long-suffering wife, Lucille, again very believable. The ensemble and smaller parts generally work well, with occasional overacting creeping in and missed lines (too quiet). C too is one of those awkward venues where for musical theatre mics are almost a necessity… but only just turned on. So if you’re in the middle you’re usually fine, but lines delivered to the sides are so easily lost.
I must commend the actor playing the reporter etc. for having a good strong voice and presence but the use of mics would mean the music could be stronger and therefore more emotional and powerful creating a better experience for the audience.
But all in all, a very good ensemble piece with wonderful leads and great storytelling plus an especially poignant ending. Good to see it back on the Fringe after a few years.
Reviewed by Alan.
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