Sue – The Second Coming

Comedy

Musical comedy

Soho Theatre

Until Sat Dec 14 2013

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Paul Seligman

(Based on the show at Chapter, Cardiff, December 4th) The mostly young audience were laughing from the first piano note, before a word was said. I smiled frequently and had a few moments of real laughter, but would rate it overall as enjoyable rather than hysterical. Given that a lot is sung, the punch lines tend to come at the end of rhyming couplets or quatrains - and those rhymes are often very obvious. But some of the songs were amusing; I liked the Manky Goat - you don't remember her at the nativity? I won't give any spoilers but you can probably guess the goat-associated rhyme that will pair off with 'hurry', and if I mention Greece and 'better' you might guess another.. Still, there was much originality, or at least original juxtaposition of elements we've seen before over the years, and the execution was highly skilled, slick and professional. Plenty of audience participation as well, on the stage or from our seats. The three "Sues" in the backing group did a wonderful job of keeping their deadpan, miserable faces throughout, adding to the offbeat feel of the evening. They provided very competent support to Dafydd/Sue's piano. At about 45 minutes in, I'd have given four stars, but the last half hour didn't add much for me, and some routines went on rather too long. Warning: this show is not for anyone easily offended by making fun of the Nativity or the Messiah. To think that Christians once protested outside Monty Python's Life of Brian, which only used the time of Jesus as a backdrop for a comedy, but never mocked their core beliefs....