The Portable Dorothy Parker – Edinburgh Fringe 2023, The Space @ Surgeon’s Hall

Reviewer: Adrian Ross

Writer: Annie Lux

Director: Lee Costello

You get the feeling with Dorothy Parker that her social presence, her personality, was as fascinating as her writing. This show works hard to showcase both.

The writer had a particular talent for memorable phrasing and opinions that frequently went against the grain of her times. Born in 1893, she lived until the more permissive 1960s, but in this play we find her in a New York apartment hotel in 1943.

In an excusable theatrical conceit, she appears to be responding to questions from a young editor. They’re working on a selection of Parker’s writings, for inclusion in the book of the show’s title.

Annie Lux has a great ear for Parker’s caustic commentary and her script moves from quotation to conjecture quite seamlessly. Margot Avery’s timing and delivery bring the whole occasion to life, while Lee Costello’s direction achieves exactly the right amount of small movement around the set. The production works perfectly. It delivers a special experience and conjures Parker, her memories and social milieu brilliantly.

Runs until 26 August 2023 | Image: Contributed

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