Writer: Morag Fullerton
Reviewer: Lauren Humphreys
You would be hard-pressed to find more bang for your buck anywhere else on the Fringe this year.Frances Thorburn, Gail Watson and Clare Waugh, (under the musical direction of the award-winning Hilary Brooks) deliver not only the Doris and Dolly of the title but Judy and Liza and just a spoonful of a potty-mouthed Julie Andrews in Morag Fullerton’s hysterical backstage exposéof thebiggest divas of the 20th Century.
Under the considerablelaughs there are some fascinating glimpses into these incredible women’s lives: the tales of Garland and Minnellishow stunning similarities – gay fathers and husbands as do their’s with Doris Day, with her”enthusiastically encouraging” German mother and there’s the hugely disgruntled Julie Andrews too – thoroughly hacked-off by her goody-goody image. The only diva who has no skeletons in her closet is the irrepressible Dolly Parton – the shrewdest operator of them all.
The laughs and stories here are more than enough but what sets this show into the stratosphere are the knock-out vocals of the trio of actresses: Thorburn, Watson and Waugh are fabulously talented, but it is Watson who getsthe prize for most impressive vocals with her spot on takes on Parton, Andrews and Garland.
This is a stunner of a show and you’d be a fool to miss it.
Runs until 30th August 2015