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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 10, 2008 @ 10:40 am

    What our reviewer said about Cathy Davey

    Fiona McCann

    Here’s Siobhan Long’s take, published in today’s paper: “Remember that desolate, skin-crawling childhood terror when seemingly innocuous stories and songs lodge deep in our imaginations? Cathy Davey and her lurid conglomerate of fellow one-time-children (including Lisa Hannigan, Carla Gallagher, David Turpin and Conor O’Brien) conjured a world of stardust and fairytales made of Cole Porter, Hans Christian Andersen and Rogers and Hammerstein, with a compelling atmosphere of impending doom in their arrangements. Davey’s baby-doll vocals were an intriguing mix of Marilyn Monroe, Bernadette Peters and Jane Siberry, and her charismatic composure anchored a fantasia that was largely irresistible.

    Even the occasional creaky vocal didn’t dampen the spooky spirits. As with Hal Willner’s Rogues Gallery, fingers crossed that this raggle-taggle gathering doesn’t disperse just yet.”

    • An Fear Bolg says:

      I stand corrected (in light of this and other comments).

      In fairness, I did say some of the gig was very good. It’s the type of show that could work well with more time and more performances … I know some people will say this is what the Fringe is all about, but I still felt a number of people didn’t perform. In particular, I remember the backing vocals for Tainted Love – out of synch, too many cooks and a then a lead vocal out of key.

      For fear of further enraging the diehards, I did enjoy the night, on balance.

      P.S. I wonder if the guy who was shouting at everyone to stand at the end is one of the commenters on the other thread?

    • Cassandra says:

      Has anyone seen ‘Love and Other Disguises’ yet? I feel terrible for not liking it because the cast were all very enthusiastic, but the script was unfunny and cliched, the sporadic outbursts of contemporary dance grating and don’t get me started on the Mundy soundtrack. Loved the venue, the Unitarian Church on St Stephen’s Green, but I just didn’t warm to the piece at all. Other members of the audience seemed delighted. Did I miss something?

    • AnnMarguerite says:

      Standing in the rain for ten minutes and being part of the entertainment is acceptable only if the show is entertaining. The story was weak, the actors unconvincing, the dancing was performed with great vigour but little style and I couldn’t wait for the whole thing to be over. Loved the opportunity to see the interior of the Unitarian Church and I quite liked the Mundy music.

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