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EDINBURGH 2011: BWW Reviews: EVIL - THE MUSICAL, Gryphon @ Point, Aug 15 2011

August 18
5:27 PM 2011


Evil the musical is a tongue-in-cheek comedy which follows seven supervillains, as they battle it out to see who will become the ultimate villain and gain world supremacy. Armed with their evil balls, they stumble through a series of botched evil deeds while attempting to evade the resident hero, Superguy.

Overall, the show is a little inconsistent. It starts off strong, with great vocals and a few good opening scenes, with clear characterisation as each villain is introduced. There's some genuinely funny writing, and at times the ever-popular hero/villain satire tone is spot on. Unfortunately, as the show progresses the writing flounders a little, and one particular comedic device is flogged somewhat.

On the whole, the cast give fun performances. The acting is sometimes a little cringeworthy, and while Jacky Fletcher does an admirable job of trying to portray the multiple personalities character of Incognito, the character is a little ambitious and doesn't really work.

For all its flaws, the audience still seemed to enjoy the show, and it was a fun, light-hearted show with original songs.

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Julia Hogg Julia was born and raised in London, had a brief (10-year) interlude living in New Zealand, and moved back to London in 2007. She has spent a slightly worrying amount of time and money in West End and fringe theatres ever since, where her unabashed love for musicals has flourished. She has a very normal day-job in order to support her theatre habit, and can often be heard to comment "well, it'd almost be rude NOT to see it". She has a background in psychology, a keen interest in Deaf culture and is currently learning British Sign Language. If you need to contact her, she will most likely be in a theatre somewhere.


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