Theatre review: C’tait la Nuit
Theatre review: C’tait la Nuit

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: C’tait la Nuit, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw. ★★ This moderately charming bauble of precious little substance happily embraces every cliché of gay old Paris. Set in the 1930s, it follows an all-American boy who discovers that he’s actually the son of French bohemians. Hitching a ride from Charles …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: C’tait la Nuit, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Paul Whitelaw.

★★

This moderately charming bauble of precious little substance happily embraces every cliché of gay old Paris.

Set in the 1930s, it follows an all-American boy who discovers that he’s actually the son of French bohemians.

Hitching a ride from Charles Lindbergh, he lands in picture-postcard Paris to embark on an odyssey paved with absinthe, cigarettes, accordion music, can-can dancers, cabaret singers and unfunny mimes.

The comic stereotype of the snooty maître d’ and the tempestuous chef will always be funny, and the show is admittedly briskly staged. But its whimsy deserves no more than a Gallic shrug.

Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152)

Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015

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