Desperately Seeking The Exit (Free Festival / Peter Michael Marino)
By Melissa Steel | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013
A bad day at the office, or perhaps it would be better to say ‘year’. Peter Michael Marino animatedly relates how his ‘baby’, a big-budget musical of ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ wasted away in front of his eyes through mismanagement, miscommunication and misunderstanding. His reflections on life in London’s West End are comic jabs at the British ‘past-time’ of pathological politeness and droll dressing downs of those he sees as responsible for the failure of the musical. Littered with very specific cultural references, it might leave some a bit bewildered, but Marino’s catty spontaneity is accessible and will keep everyone eagerly awaiting the next chapter of his tale. ‘Desperately Seeking the Exit’ is a unique snapshot of the world of musicals.
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House, until 25 Aug (not 13, 19), 6.15pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Melissa Steel]