Party in the USA! (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Party in the USA!

A rocking take on physical theatre, the economic collapse and drugs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A rocking take on physical theatre, the economic collapse and the mind-expanding qualities of psychedelic drugs, Party in the USA! is a dynamic satire that manages to maintain a coherent narrative while jumping around between times and places. Following the adventures of a temp required to destroy emails that might implicate a major bank in the upcoming collapse of civilisation, it leaps between anarchist squats, plush offices and fancy hotels with aplomb, breathless energy and an audacious attitude towards corporate sponsorship.

The ferocious dance routines and distorted soundtrack hide an intelligent script, explaining the financial crash through a series of Russian style folk tales: the disorientation of the LSD trip becomes a beautiful metaphor for the chaos of economic meltdown and the broad satire attacks everything from Obama’s election campaign to the struggles of Berlin anti-capitalists. The repeated message – that nothing is fixed, and only change, and possibly love is constant – is reinforced by the ambitious structure. Nothing is allowed to settle, only the hero’s confusion and sickness remaining to the bittersweet end.

Forceful, intelligent, theatrically ambitious and a sharp assault on the absurdities of the American dream, this show is a party in the ruins of the USA’s financial ambitions.

Underbelly, 0844 545 8252 until 25 Aug (not 11), 3pm, £12 (£10).

Party in the USA!

  • 4 stars

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