Have you seen the myriad five- and four-star reviews for our Featured Show, Mingled Yarn Theatre’s two-hander play with music based on Joseph Moncure March‘s once-banned 1928 poem THE WILD PARTY (and not to be confused with Michael John LaChiusa’s musical adaptation at The Other Palace next month). A selection of some of our favourite review quotes are gathered below…
Grimy Jazz Age masterpiece THE WILD PARTY is the lust-fuelled story of an affair between two cabaret stars, and the final, fatal party they throw in their seedy Hollywood apartment.
Queenie dances twice a night in the vaudeville, and Burrs is the clown who goes on after her act. In the apartment they share Queenie toys dangerously with Burrs affections, but when they throw a party they drag everyone into their ugly games. Brothers Phil and Oscar play the piano while Jack eyes both of them from the corner, and Queenie’s best pal Kate arrives late with a handsome new man on her arm.
Brought to life by just two actors, Anna Clark and Joey Akubeze, the syncopated rhythms and rhymes of Joseph Moncure March’s classic poem weave in and out of live music, songs and dancing in this new production that’s served soused in gin, jazz and sex.
The production is directed by Rafaella Marcus, designed by Minglu Wang, with lighting and sound by Will Alder and casting by Gabriella Shimeld-Fenn. It’s produced by David Ralf.