4 out of 5 stars
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A new stage version of Nabokov's wry, tragicomic masterpiece about an academic infatuated with a young girl. Victor Sobchack adapts and directs.


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Best show in the last 6 months on the Fringe. Dangerous subject dealt with intelligence and fine performance by Humbert.

Very good play. Humbert and Lolita are super in the lead roles. One of the very best on the fringe this year. Youngsters were good. A balanced approach to a frightening subject. Well handled.

I disagree. Great show. Great journey. Good solid central performance by Humbert who captured the whole sense of these sad, pathetic horrible people. Best and most original show in sometime. Well done to the cast.

I remember reading Lolita when I was a lot younger. I had no idea what the book was about but was gripped from the first page. I despised Humbert but I was sad for him, as I felt his anguish, love, passion, self-loathing throughout his narrative. He was a complex character, the book being more about himself than about the object of his obsession; Lolita. This play was such a let down - for Humbert alone. Gary Heron looks the part and sweats the part in the tiny above-pub room-cum-theatre, but his acting is one-dimensional. In one sentence, he goes from passion to self-loathing, but the only reason you know this to be so is because of the words you hear. I felt nothing for his journey, for his struggle. He comes across as a seedy pervert, which, if you've read the book, you know is just the first layer of Humberts onion. Lotia (Sandy Jarvis) on the other hand, is a joy to watch. She nails the brattish tart, but I would have liked to have seen more tease and less pounce from this future starlet. The first act's saving grace is Charlotte, played by Lindsay Ann Bryan. Her character has been directed to be less desperate and more comical than the book - over-sexed and over-the-top, her presence fills the room and delights. Her seduction scene is funny and sad all at the same time. Caroline Ginty is another hero of this 90 minute production. We see her first as Constance at Charlottes funeral, coming on to Humbert's bedroom reputation; and later as the brilliant headmistress, Miss Pratt. Aside from the strange after-the-orgy scene which adds a big fat zero to the play, all of the extras are actually really very good. From Annabelle to Rob - I enjoyed their personas on the stage so much, that I didn't want them to go off-stage, and leave me with the clumsy, bumbling, fallen star Humbert - who had no chemistry with anyone else up there. I love fringe theatre, and will always support the arts. But fringe shouldn't mean low standars for lead cast members. Director, its your reputation that is ultimately tarnished.