Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Much Ado About Muffins

Photo: Tracy Fung
Much Ado About Muffins, Tales Retold and All in One Theatre, C Cubed @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival - reviewed on 19th August

Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest is filled with witty lines, clever characters and astute social commentary, but there isn't a song or dance in sight. In Phil Jacobs' brilliantly titled Much Ado About Muffins, this is rectified to create a musical that is possibly even more humorous than the original.

In between sections of Wilde's brilliant text, Cecily and Gwendolen have a full on bitch-fight, Lady Bracknell swings her hips and sings about the 'thrillable' name Ernest, and Dr Chasuble enjoys a lap dance. It's surreal and yet somehow it works.

Much Ado About Muffins is a fun and well-performed reinvention of Wilde's play.

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