Titty Bar Ha Ha (4* / 4.5*)

2013-08-13 Fringe 0010

Ruth’s 4* Review:

I saw an excerpt from this at The Distraction Club so thought I’d give it a go.  Hope and Gloria work in 1940s club Titty Bar Ha Ha, and in this show we are welcomed into their world.  This is mainly musical comedy with a storyline to hold it together, and quite a lot of filth thrown in.  The story is silly but works pretty well.  But it is the combination of costumes, accent, song and vulgarity that is hilarious and brings it all together magnificently. This show had quite a bit of audience participation and as I was one of the audience that participated this part was particularly awesome.  But the girls are so good I would have much preferred to skip this bit and just hear from them.  The singing was outstanding – lovely voices and lovely harmonies – and a real highlight for me was the mashup of Tainted Love and Bang Bang.  I also loved the kazoo section, and in particular the excerpt from Chess which was surprisingly beautiful.

Ian’s 4.5* Review:

Any show with a riotous kazoo duet of “I know him so well” from Chess (still humming it today) and a spectacular vocal  mash-up of “Bang Bang” and “Tainted Love” is going to be a winner in my book.  Set in a seedy club in WWII, Hope and Gloria mix smutty comic songs with entertaining audience interaction and exposition of their sordid back-stories.  They are likeable and engaging, and this was a nicely put together hour of light-hearted entertainment.  Some of the singing was really quite beautiful, and the characterisations are as charming as they are dark.

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