Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

A bright debut with a charming lead performance

Written and performed by Canadian artist Rebecca Perry, Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl is a week in the life of Joanie Little – Toronto barista, anthropology graduate, and Jane Goodall superfan. The play may be light on ideas, but it's frivolous fun led by a sparkling central character.

Unable to find a job in her desired vocation, Joanie tests her anthropological skills in the coffeeshop, analysing the quirks of her customers and co-workers. Perry gives a confident solo performance, playing the effervescent Joanie with an infectious enthusiasm. Bumbling through awkward cafe small talk and and a hapless first date, she is a delight to watch.

Slipping effortlessly in and out of roles, she animates a host of supporting characters. But these personalities, while fun, do little to ameliorate a predictable plot that lacks any real substance. And, while they're fun to listen to, the cabaret-style cover songs that litter the show often seem out of place, with little narrative purpose.

But if the script is light, Joanie's sparky personality is more than enough to entertain for an hour. A cheerful play, capably performed, Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl is an enjoyable Fringe debut.

Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, 5–31 Aug (not 12, 19, 26), 6.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Confessions of a Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl

  • 3 stars

Rebecca Perry Productions Anthropology graduate Joanie Little is stuck working as a barista. Much like Jane Goodall did with chimpanzees, this upbeat Miss studies her available subjects: the customers of her coffeeshop 'jungle'… hilarity ensues! 'Our eyes and ears are locked into Perry's performance!' (NY Stage Buddy).