Elizabeth Peasley

The Wild Party at The Union Theatre

There is exuberance and sparkle in abundance under the arches in Union Street.

If you'd appreciate looking in at a1920's New York ‘living on the edge' lifestyle do go along and experience this skilled jazzy musical production.

Queenie (played by Charlotte Marisa-Moore), the glamourous central character, strikes the tone when she sings that she likes her 'Jazz wild, liquor strong, men hard working'. She is surrounded by fun loving bohemians throughout the evening as she and her partner Burrs (played by Ben Nathan) throw a party in down town New York.

Despite the throw away gambit 'What's a party without a few casualties?' as the evening progresses a graver feel gradually emerges. ‘Where do we belong?' – One day we all fade into nothingness- the end'.

A production of this play was first shown on Broadway in 2000 after being banned in the 1920s when it was written as an adaptation of the poem of the same name by Michael John LaChiusa.

Our local Wild Party should be proud of it's exemplary style in both costumes and set (designed by Alison Brookes) and in particular the four piece band -led on keyboard by Conor Mitchell- they were all superbly responsive to every mood with music to blow you away smiling, into the night.

Union Theatre, Union Street
• Tues-Sat at 7:30pm until Saturday 20 December
• 020 7261 9876

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