Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Friday, 7 November 2014
I'll Eat You Last REVIEW, Nov 6, 2014
I’ll Eat You Last, by John Logan, by Melbourne Theatre
Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne, opens Nov 6 to Dec 20, 204
Reviewer: Kate Herbert
Stars: 3 &1/2
This review is not for Herald Sun. KH
Miriam Margolyes manages to be both charismatic and
repulsive in her portrayal of colourful Hollywood agent, Sue Mengers.
Mengers was not only a successful agent, but also a
rapacious consumer of drugs and alcohol, a venomous gossip and an avid follower
of the careers of "Twinklies", as she calls movie stars.
Lounging on her sofa like a dangerous feline
awaiting its prey, Margolyes teases and charms the audience, treating us as plebian
guests in Mengers’ opulent living room in the hiatus before her real and famous
dinner guests arrive.
In this solo shows directed by the talented Dean
Bryant, Mengers spins tall tale and true of her childhood as a German-Jewish
immigrant in New York, her ambitious and relentless ascent from admin assistant
to sought-after agent.
She finally hints at the decline of her client list
and this explains her anxiety and barely suppressed anger as she waits for a
much-anticipated phone call from Barbra Streisand.
Margolyes feasts on the gossipy bitchiness and
expletive-riddled dialogue written by John Logan.
In fact, her performance is often better than the
dialogue itself that becomes repetitive.
Margolyes creates a frightening, bleached blonde
and bejewelled gorgon who hides her better self beneath her voluminous caftan,
foul mouth and ambitious attitude.
She is witty, impertinent and lures the audience
into a sense of complicity that makes us think we are part of her inner circle
– until she dismisses us summarily when she needs to dress for her
This is an entertaining piece that succeeds in the
greater part because of Margolyes magnetic and impish performance. She is
By Kate Herbert
Cast Miriam Margolyes Director Dean Bryant; Set & Costume Designer Owen Phillips; Lighting Designer Ross Graham; Sound Designer Russell Goldsmith; Voice & Dialect Coach Leith McPherson ‘Buoyant, witty writing. A delectable soufflé of a solo