Candy Gigi: If I Had a Rich Man (4 stars)

This article is from 2016

Candy Gigi: If I Had a Rich Man

Crudely charismatic show not for the faint of heart

As a former winner of the Malcolm Hardee Award for Comic Originality, Candy Gigi knows exactly what's required to deliver an unexpected, totally absurd and yet wildly entertaining show. If I Had a Rich Man follows Candy's quest for love and her Jewish mother's approval, taking attendees on a bizarre journey from Keith to Benjamin and finally, Mohammed, all played by unassuming members of the audience.

The piece is nonsensical throughout, with Candy regularly pulling up participants to enact scenes from tales of past lovers and read lines which include amusingly excessive references to her beauty and 'brilliant comedy'. Indeed, the audience becomes an essential element of her act, with much of the hilarity coming from her various demands of the crowd, from playing vegetables as musical instruments to donning chicken outfits, Tina Turner wigs and a nude bodysuit with saggy breasts. With crude and self-deprecating songs set to the music of Fiddler on the Roof, this is not for the faint-hearted or easily offended. But Candy manages to add a strangely appealing charisma to her grotesque persona, living up to the label of 'everyone's favourite Yiddish girl'.

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Candy Gigi: If I Had a Rich Man

  • 4 stars

The Malcome Hardee Award winner 2014 presents her eccentric and unusual adaptation of Fiddler on the Roof.