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REVIEW: All The Things I Lied About – Tron Theatre, Glasgow

If lying was a paying job, then Katie Bonna and her family would be billionaires. At the heart of All The Things I Lied About, is the monumental web of lies that tore Bonna’s own family apart.

In this post-truth, fake news world, and working from the principle that lying is as basic as breathing, Bonna frames her work as a TED talk (on the familiar red dot carpet) and begins as a discussion on the science of lying, aiming to answer the question: Why do people lie?

Few stones are left unturned as Bonna divulges her own proclivity to lie and the quite frankly astonishing deceit, and use of ‘gaslighting’ (a term from the 1938 Patrick Hamilton play and subsequent 1944 George Cukor movie, a practise where a person is psychologically manipulated into doubting their sanity) by her own father on her mother.

While the real TED talks are limited to 18 minutes, Bonna’s work runs at an hour, and the device does wear thin. The ‘raw emotion’ she also displays isn’t convincing in a show that Bonna has performed so many times (a run at the Edinburgh Fringe, and a UK tour) and at her own admission, Bonna is a seasoned liar, when you profess to lie as much as Bonna says she has, then you can’t really expect people to trust what you say.

There’s an uncomfortable silence in the half-lit auditorium that despite Bonna’s best efforts, remains throughout, and her efforts to turn us into “warriors of truth” fizzle out like a damp squib.

A deeply personal and revealing evening at the theatre, instead of leaving us examining the impact that everyday lies have on ourselves and those around us, it leaves one cold.

Review previously published at: http://www.thereviewshub.com/all-the-things-i-lied-about-tron-theatre-glasgow/

 

REVIEW: Edinburgh Fringe – Dirty Great Love Story, Pleasance Dome

This review was originally written for and published by The Public Reviews

Writer: Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna

Director: Pia Furtado

The Public Reviews Rating: ★★★★★

Calling something sweet, heartwarming and charming can be sounding the death knell for a production at the Fringe, but that might be this fantastic little piece of theatre’s unique selling point.

Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna combine drama and poetry in this rom-com in rhyme – Dirty Great Love Story, the ballad of two hopeful, hapless romantics who: “get drunk, get it on, and then get the hell away from each other.” This is a tale of what love is like in the real world: messy, awkward, complicated and fun. The story of falling in love with your best friend and all its embarrassments, and told from both (very different and highly amusing) sides.

The simple staging focusses the attention fully on the performance and Bonna and Marsh show great versatility throughout, seamlessly switching roles to play all the fully-developed supporting characters. The whole thing is done with great warmth and heart and by half way you could feel the energy of the audience willing them to get it together, and to its credit it manages to keep the belly laughs coming throughout.

If you are a fan of Richard Curtis movies then this has all the elements to please you and if you’re not then there’s the great one-liners, fine comic timing, inventive poetry and fabulous acting of Bonna and Marsh to delight in. This show will guarantee you’ll skip into the street with a smile on your face and your faith in human nature restored.

This is well-paced, sublimely well-written with a whole lot of heart and well-worth seeing. It’s nice to know that romance, however messy and complex as it is, is still alive and well in 2012. Highly recommended.