Impressive but patchy follow-up to almighty glory
This article is from 2009.
When Laura Solon first burst into the Fringe psyche in 2005, it was under the most trying of circumstances. Having just split from her comedy partner, she had two months to come up with a completed script. That show, Kopfraper’s Syndrome, won her the last ever Perrier Award. Four years on and she’s been back having worked with the likes of Al Murray and Harry Enfield, which will bring its own pressures of course, but that sense of giddy danger has been replaced by a comedic comfort zone.
Rabbit Faced Story Soup tells of a publishing house spinning out of control when the star author goes missing days before she needs to deliver her latest manuscript, leaving it in the hands of an inexperienced publicist to finish the job (hauntingly familiar scenario, that). A sassy literary agent with the waterboarding tongue of Bette Davis and a Russian billionaire who loves nothing better than a money fight are among the characters Solon plays with wit and panache but whom she gives a surprising ratio of flat jokes. Fringe success came so quickly and so massively for Solon, that the slow learning curve option came and went with a fizz. Raising her game will need a fresher motivation.
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