Zelda (4 stars)

  • List.co.uk
  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

A terrific performance whips along this cracking monologue about the beautiful and damned life of Mrs F Scott Fitzgerald. Zelda recounts the high living in Jazz Age New York, Paris and the French Riviera that finally took its toll on the Fitzgeralds from a private hospital in North Carolina, where she spent her final years in the late 1930s being treated for a mental breakdown. She also recalls F Scott’s anger at her writing about their lives in her novel Save Me the Waltz, which covered similarly territory to his Tender is the Night. In fact, this fine show emphasises Zelda’s frustration as a writer, which suggests a life lived both too much and not enough. (Miles Fielder)

Sweet Grassmarket, 0870 241 0136 until Aug 28, 2.10pm, £7 (£6).

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