Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Macaroni On a Hotdog, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock.
Midwestern Americans may feel they’re given somewhat short shrift by this character comedy show of interlinked short sketch monologues from Sandra Thomas, but there’s no doubt that she’s a gifted comedic performer and that there’s a lot to snigger guiltily at in this piece.
We start with Lisa, given community service and a law named after her when her wedding arrangements gave the congregation heatstroke, then her bitter wedding singer, dumped by the groom for Lisa, who’s won several “karroky” contests and will be entertaining us singing “arcapella”.
Not that it’s all cruelty; as much as Thomas rips into the perceived Hicksville mindset, there’s also a certain warmth towards these dopily well-meaning characters and their search for love – especially the old lady on catering who makes up macaroni and hotdogs, promising a spread “every bit as fancy as any of your high-tone restaurants”. Playing young and old, male and female, drunk and sober, and the drawling hippie cousin whose dog apparently contracted food poisoning from the chocolate fountain, Thomas has a sharply observational talent and a skill for a quick and extensive character change. A light but often biting diversion, she immerses her audience in this peculiar world completely.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53) until 29 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 27 August 2015
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