Lucie Pohl: Hi Hitler
- Brian Donaldson
- 5 August 2014
This article is from 2014.
Impressive rather than inspiring Edinburgh Fringe debut with unneccesarily provocative show title
There’s no denying Lucie Pohl’s ability as an actress, and the portrayals of various members of her eccentric family are endlessly entertaining and beautifully nuanced. The only real problem is that there’s nothing much left over after you scratch away the surface of her material: it’s unlikely that you’ll leave the show having been moved, thinking of the world in an especially different way or even having laughed all that much. Ultimately, Hi, Hitler is an impressive Fringe debut rather than an inspiring one.
She dubs her heritage of growing up firstly in a divided Germany and then amid the all-inclusive melting pot of New York as being part of the ‘Pohl circus’, an overly-dramatic crew with Bertolt Brecht the most famous name along her family tree. She yearned for a normal life away from the intellectual posturing, drunken misbehaviour and blazing rows that were an integral part of her childhood and adolescence. Comfort was sought and found in the humdrum home lives of her closest friends.
The eye-catching title comes from an obsession she had in her junior years with the Nazi overlord and her mis-construing the infamous greeting he would receive. The person she seems to have a longer lasting affection for is David Hasselhoff, but perhaps calling her show On the Hoff or Do the Hassel might not have made quite such a publicity stir.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 25 Aug (not 11), 4.15pm, £8--£9 (£7--£8).