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The Fix

Published Monday 25 June 2012 at 11:06 by Jennifer Reischel

Come and get your fix of sexy, slick and seductive American politics at one of London’s hottest fringe theatre.

A scene from The Fix at the Union Theatre, London

A scene from The Fix at the Union Theatre, London Photo: Roy Tan

A presidential candidate and his mistress flash, pop and sizzle dramatically under the stars-and-stripes flag, as a 1990s rock score by The Witches of Eastwick composer Dana P Rowe accompanies his untimely demise in his moment of bliss. Director Wunderkind Michael Strassen brings us this Manchurian Candidate-style musical with outstanding ensemble singing, inventive staging and a gory Mafia-ruled ending.

Status-hungry senator widow Violet (Liz May Brice) joins forces with brother-in-law Graham Chandler (Miles Western) to groom her son Cal (Louis Maskell) in the footsteps of his late father (Pete Gallagher).

Recent GSA graduate Maskell is a true find, his Josh Groban-style vocals expertly caressing their way through I See The Future. Taking on a role strongly associated with John Barrowman, Maskel impresses with a refreshingly unrefined boyish charm, giving a rather defining noughties performance of this role. Brice contrasts wonderfully as his brittle, power-ridden mother, holding it all in First Lady style until opening the floodgates in solo Spin and for the inevitable climax. Miles Western as polio survivor Graham Chandler is a suitable arbiter in this unlikely trio, smiling coyly through the bitterness of continually settling for second-runner due to his physical shortcomings.

The rest of the hand-picked cast are sharp, edgy and clearly intentioned, though some diction occasionally gets lost in the drum and bass eagerness of the band. Lighting designer Steve Miller’s expertly placed spots and contrasts perfectly round off an exemplary production of contemporary musical theatre at its finest.

Production information

Union Theatre, London , June 20-July 14

Authors:
John Dempsey, Dana P Rowe
Director:
Michael Strassen
Producer:
Sasha Regan
Cast:
Louis Maskell, Liz May Brice, Miles Western, Pete Gallagher, Daisy Tonge
Running time:
2hrs 30mins

Production information displayed was believed correct at time of review. Information may change over the run of the show.

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Run sheet

King's Head, Islington London
January 24-February 15
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