Reviewer: John Roberts
Rachel Parris transports people from the stupendous heat of The Pleasance Attic to the heady heights of Sin City as she works to pay off her debt to hotel owner and show biz superstar Felice.
Well that’s the premise of this hour long show of musical comedy, while it may not be destined for a long residence at the MGM Grand,Live in Vegasdoes provide an enjoyable afternoon oasis in among the madness of the fringe.
Throughout the hour Parris presents several likeable characters from the eccentric British rocker Crispin Prentice, to the Alabama Slammer Gracie-Lou Steinberg a controversial country singer, which allows her to share her comedy songs, which are enjoyable if a little middle of the road, Parris lacks the satire and depth of other comedians in the musical comedy genre to make her songs really stand out among the crowd. That said, Try To Be Gay does stand out as the strongest song in her repertoire.
Parris has a warm and energetic persona and that hides the slight nervous edge which hinders her voice from truly breaking free. Through the set and to help her change character a serious of pre-recorded sponsor ads provide some really hearty laughter especially the ‘Smiley Doll’.
An entertaining show that is perhaps just a little too middle of the road to really make an impact at this year’s Fringe.
Runs until25th August