Reviewer: Evelyn Downing
There was an audible gasp from the audience as this show opened; the moment we witnessed the first instant transformation was stunning.
This said however the show lacked soul. The routines were tied together rather clumsily by a slightly ineffective narrative that told a version of the story of his life and the use of projections and films meant that Brachetti was actually off stage for long periods of time. It felt as if the writer couldn’t quite decide if it was a piece of theatre or a magical showcase and the build to the ‘final transformation’ was a definite anti-climax.
Although I walked away feeling it could have been so much more with the addition of a stronger plot or more emphasis on the routines as routines, there were plenty of laughs and the spectacle is well worth a look. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening out.
Runs until 3rd January 2010
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