Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Tina C: Herstory, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Claire Smith
With her fragile body covered in rhinestones, a bright gleaming smile and snow-white tassels that reach almost to the floor, Tina C looks every inch a star.
You can do anything you like to her, as long as you don’t touch her hair, says this faux country singer, who is at a losss to understand why everyone keeps laughing at her.
Tina C has come to Scotch Land with a confessional show – based on her misery memoir “Herstory: Complete and Utter Country”.
Quivering with emotion, she shares stories of her dirt-poor childhood, her first sexual experiences, her marriage, divorce and journey to Nashville and stardom.
Her self-belief, self-indulgence and self-absorption are absolute – even though our shimmering star keeps assuring her audience she loves and validates them.
Her country songs are clever, witty and smart and performed with utter wide-eyed sincerity.
But it is when Tina C turns her vacuous little brain to politics that you see the full scope of this astonishing creation. The country icon has been doing her bit for the War on Terror, she has had a run at the White House and solved the global economic crisis.
Her songs become bigger – her oil-slick mouth more mobile and her eyes more demented.
Tina C is no longer just a woman, she is a symbol of a whole nation – and her narcissism, megalomania and greed have become a metaphor for cynical politicians, warmongers and global capitalism.
But still, you can’t help loving her. Hell yeah.
Underbelly Potterow (Venue 358) until 17 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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