Rachel Parris: Live in Vegas
Charismatic musical comedy show at 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe lacks hilarity
This article is from 2014.
It can be hard to strike the right note in musical comedy, but Rachel Parris is definitely in key as she returns to the Fringe with Live in Vegas. The premise of the show is a night of entertainment in a seedy hotel, with Parris playing an array of washed-up singers. Unlike her sensational singing, however, Parris’ portrayal of the entertainers is slightly hit and miss.
Despite some funny moments, Crispin Prentice fails to elevate above being a tired and overdone parody of the signet ring-wearing posh boy turned-street, whilst Gracie-Lou Steinberg, a tough Southern belle with a gay mom, feels like a missed opportunity to deliver some fresh commentary on homophobia.
The headline act is Felice, no surname necessary, the epitome of a Mariah Carey-esque diva and by far Parris’ strongest creation. It’s through her that Parris makes her most interesting social commentary on ‘empowered’ women, as Felice steals the show with her empty lyrics, ridiculous ego and laughable morals: ‘I don’t hate men, but I think I hate enough men to call myself a feminist’.
There’s no doubt that Rachel Parris is a loveable, charismatic performer with an impressive vocal range, quick wit and improv skills, but unfortunately the show lacks hilarity. The funny moments fail to gather enough momentum to have the audience in stitches.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 4.30pm, £9--£11 (£7.50--£9.50).