Desperately Seeking the Exit (4 stars)

This article is from 2012

Desperately Seeking the Exit

Witty and painfully honest one-man show

The birth, death and resurrection of a jukebox musical form the basis of self-confessed ‘Angloholic’ Peter Michael Marino’s new one-man show, Desperately Seeking the Exit, directed by John Clancy. Chronicling the creation, destruction and resurrection of Marino’s 2007 Blondie musical, Desperately Seeking Susan, based on the Madonna-starring film this show takes the audience on a journey across the Atlantic and deep into the inner workings of the world’s theatre elite.

Fast-paced fun and engrossing, Marino’s monologue charts how his musical that combined the story of the film with the hits of Blondie was catapulted from New York to the West End, where a series of directorial changes led to the play closing after just four weeks
Brutally honest, Desperately Seeking the Exit is a celebration of creativity and the fallibility of the human spirit. Marino’s piece doesn’t just blame those around him for the musical’s failure, but also reveals his own mistakes and responsibility for what happened. Showcasing Marino’s talent for storytelling and his ongoing obsession with British culture, this production is a simply uplifting and completely engrossing tribute to the human spirit.

Laughing Horse @ Edinburgh City Football Club, 556 9628, until 26 Aug, 6pm, free.

Desperately Seeking the Exit / Free Festival

  • 4 stars

Peter Michael Marino. American writer/performer Marino triumphantly returns with the crazy true tale of the making and unmaking of notorious West End Blondie musical disaster, Desperately Seeking Susan. This high-octane comedy offers a tell-all, behind-the-scenes peek at how this £4 million musical flopped: hatching the…