Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: 2 Become 1, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Andrea Mullaney.
Funny how the 1990s seemed like such a nondescript decade at the time, a confused hangover from the more distinct 1980s, and now they’re the focus for nostalgic wallows. Well, that’s how time works, obviously, and those who grew up then are now just the right age to enjoy gags about platform shoes, Brad’n’Jen’s eternal love and life before the internet in this determinedly broad comic musical.
The flimsy plot about four friends going speed-dating after one is chucked by her boyfriend is merely an excuse to cram in renditions of familiar 1990s hits by the Spice Girls, All Saints, The Cardigans and the like; by the end they abandon it completely to just start a party on stage. And the characters are complete stereotypes (the gormless one, the flirty one, the heartbroken one, the desperate-to-be-married one), who witter their way through dopey gags and battle the over-loud backing tracks. But the four likeable performers – Natasha Granger, Kerrie Thomason, Bethany Black and Eliza Hewitt-Jones – sell the absolute hell out of it all, throwing themselves into the comedy and the musical numbers with such enthusiastic abandon that they might even impress Shania Twain.
C Nova (Venue 145) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 12 August 2015
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