- Sam Healy
- 23 August 2007
This article is from 2007.
Not bad comedy musical shocker!
Violating the first law of comedy musicals – that they be intolerable, unfunny bilge – this broad and imperfect light opera is a pleasant surprise. Though the plotting won’t give the fear to David Mamet, nor the music cause Lloyd Webber any sleepless nights, there are spirited performances, moments of supreme randomness, and a clever script that flits between filth and felicity to great effect. On her 21st birthday, horrified heroine Martha is bundled off to a convent by her pious, intransigent family. At first she is relieved to find the nuns friendly and easygoing, but it emerges that the Abbess, Sister Mary Somethingcatholic is in fact the titular Psister Psycho, a robotic megalomaniac given to world annihilation.
Cue, as you might expect, much musical and verbal lunacy (Anna Crilly’s turn deserves special mention), well-executed physical comedy and an admirably blasphemous repurposing of the holy cross. An underpowered musical accompaniment and some slow passages where harmony thrives at humour’s expense prevent the show from cashing all its cheques, though. Still, Psister Psycho is – shock! – a ‘Good Comedy Musical’. The rarity of this concept alone makes it worth seeing. (Sam Healy)
Baby Belly, 0870 745 3083, until 26 Aug, 10.30pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7.50–£8.50).