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Some Like It Hotter - The Customs House, South Shields

Published by: Steve Burbridge on 8th Jul 2013 | View all blogs by Steve Burbridge

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Some Like It Hotter – The Customs House, South Shields

Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon may be dead, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped working. Recently deceased fans of Some Like It Hot, the 1959 film that united the three stars in the first place, have the opportunity to meet their heroes before they properly pass through to ‘the other side’.

The premise for Some Like It Hotter is certainly an intriguing and imaginative one. Playwright Richard Hurford wanted to explore “the strange immortality conferred on actors who remain forever alive, often forever young and locked into one story on film” and what might happen if “the viewpoint of the fan came into being.”

Enter Charlie (Patrick Bridgman), a nerdy middle-aged man who has always lived at home with his mother. A huge fan of the black and white classic (and of Marilyn Monroe, in particular), he has dreamed – since boyhood – of being a member of the all-female band, Sweet Sue & Her Society Syncopators. Now, it seems, those dreams are about to come true as Tony Curtis (Paul Matania), Jack Lemmon (Daniel Lloyd) and Marilyn Monroe (Sarah Applewood) kit him up with a cocktail dress and high-heels and set about re-enacting the film.

There’s lots to praise in this show which boasts high production values (brilliant set design by Jane Linz Roberts, authentically lavish costumes by Becky Graham, slick direction from Karen Simpson) and compelling performances from the principals (all of which are excellent, but Applewood’s Monroe is a masterpiece in mimicry), yet it still falls a little short.

The first act tends to drag as the premise of the play is over-laboured by the writer. The pace steps up after the interval and there are some wonderful interpretations of musical numbers including ‘Runnin’ Wild’, ‘I’m Through With Love’ and ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You’.

However, the production is ultimately dogged by a script that seems more like an early draft than a finely-honed finished piece.

Steve Burbridge.

Played at the Customs House, South Shields, from Thursday 4th – Saturday 6th July, 2013.

Tour Details:

8-10 July       Ark Theatre, Borehamwood

11-13 July     Northcott Theatre, Essex

16-17 July     South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

18-20 July     Connaught Theatre, Worthing

23-27 July     Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

 

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  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Steve sounds really interesting so I'm sorry to hear that the script lets it down. It definitely sounds like a project worth honing to perfection.
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