Musical review: Blood Ties

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: Blood Ties at theSpace @ Venue45, reviewed by Sally Stott

“I NORMALLY like musicals, but there was something wrong with that one,” a perplexed man says at the end of this Canadian company’s upbeat fusion of a bachelorette party-turned-murder, with original tunes.

The singing is lively, in a nasal moosical-theata kind of way, but the story is clunky even for a genre that isn’t known for its authenticity.

As the archetypal gay and straight characters’ behaviour gets increasingly far-fetched, the songs get more rousing but the situation ever sillier.

A re-occurring theme of blood adds a visual motif, but what is really needed is more believability.

Until 24 August.

More info: Blood Ties is at theSpace @ Venue45

Originally published in The Scotsman

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