Written by: Adrian Reilly
Reviewer: Simon Topping
The basement at The Verdict is hot with all the bodies packed into it. We are waiting to start a quiz night with a difference; Quiz Night: The Musical. The action is centred around Simon and Claire, an on-off couple, trying to avoid talking about their feelings (or lack of feelings) for each other, allowing a pub quiz to conveniently get in the way. Claire has just returned from holiday, will it be love with Simon or time for something completely different?
Bruce Foresight (Mark Wickens) is our quiz master for the evening. Looking like a young Benny Hill in a sparkly red gown, Wickens’ drag queen host is perfectly played. Cutting us down to size with fabulous one-liners and with brilliant comic timing, he leaves us wanting more.
A splendidly funny song from Da Students about wanting to Google the quiz answers receives the most laughs but there is also a sweet ballad sung by Claire with less than sweet lyrics that raise a few eyebrows and chuckles too.
The quiz itself is a rather challenging one and the audience gets lost in it a couple of times, almost forgetting about the melodrama unfolding. However, the great cast and well-worked songs draw us back in for the bittersweet finale.
With funny upbeat songs, wonderful musicianship and good performances from all the cast, this is what Brighton Fringe is all about, excellent local productions.
Runs 17, 24, 31 May 2017 at The Verdict
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