Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Confessions of a Redheaded Coffee Shop Girl, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Alison Kerr.
Canadian writer-performer Rebecca Perry creates a hugely likeable alter ego named Joanie Little in this one-woman show about an anthropology graduate working as a barista and managing to maintain a sunny disposition despite her frustrations.
She does this by confessing her desires to her heroine, the celebrated 80-something British anthropologist Jane Goodall (or rather, to her photo) and by viewing the customers in the coffee shop as different species of creatures.
This is a spirited, exuberant monologue featuring smart observational comedy and memorable lines (“That game we all play with our ex – ‘Who Will Be Happy First?’”) plus a handful of songs, appealingly sung, but it is pretty lightweight and, for a while, feels like it’s not going anywhere. But it’s one of the more enjoyable ways to spend an hour at the Fringe, and Perry could well be a future star.
Gilded Balloon (Venue 14) until 31 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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