Adriano Cappelletta: This Boy's In Love
- Lorna Irvine
- 16 August 2017
Cabaret asks: will Ado say 'I do'?
Adriano Cappelletta doesn't so much arrive on stage as explode, like sweets from a piñata. The exuberant Italian-Australian's bid to make a one man gay rom-com, foregoing the Grindr culture in a quest for true love and marriage, is a delight from start to finish. He oozes effortless charisma.
When eccentric youth worker Ado finally meets a catch (the handsome, well-heeled Englishman Felix) he wonders what the catch is, a victim of his own self-sabotaging nature. A beautifully crafted and a little unhinged hour, it has witty lovely songs performed by Cappelletta and pianist Tom Barnes throughout, particularly the high-stepping jazz of 'Gay Zombeyyy' and the sweet title track. Cappelletta's honeyed vocals absolutely soar, making it an unexpectedly poignant satire: a deeply heartfelt antidote to anti-gay indoctrination, with added physical theatre segments, demented dancing, and a uke. Never trite or sentimental, it's all the more affecting when Ado finds real potential.
The show gets rather meta when the director interjects to ask Ado why he's letting his commitment-phobic voice drown out what he really wants, and a few relationship questions are asked of the audience – all of which are no help whatsoever. But it is doubtless Cappelletta's charm will see him through.
Absolutely exquisite. Definitely a top show, not a bottom.
Assembly Roxy, until 27 Aug (not 21), 8.50pm, £10–£11 (£8–£9).