Inside Private Lives (4 stars)

This article is from 2007.


Debunking celebrity myths

The chance to ask our favourite celebrities questions about their personal lives is one that few of us would turn down. All too often figures in the public eye are shrouded in mystery, and it’s precisely the de-bunking of these myths that producer and creator Kristin Stone uses as the basis for her interactive show. Characters ranging from McCarthy witch hunt name-dropper Elia Kazan (Adam LeBow) to America’s first male/female transsexual Christine Jorgensen (Kristin Stone) inhabit the claustrophobic stage telling a little of their story and encouraging the audience to participate as contemporaries.

Executed slickly, the characterisations are impeccable but it’s the audience participation that proves the show’s greatest success. At times almost like character based stand-up routine, Stone’s production only falls down during the less well-known celebrity turns, but even these are kept moving along by the energy of the performers with Eileen O’Connell, as 50s Tupperware executive Brownie Wise, giving an unmissable bouffant etiquette lesson. With different characters appearing at each performance this might be one to return to – it’s certainly not one to miss.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 27 Aug (not 14, 21), 3.45pm, £6.50–£7.50 (£5–£6).

Inside Private Lives

  • 4 stars

Characters ranging from Elia Kazan to America's first male-female transsexual Christine Jorgensen inhabit the claustrophobic stage, encouraging the audience to participate as contemporaries. Impeccable characterisation, with different figures appearing each night. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007'.

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