REVIEW – WHO’S HOLIDAY – SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE

We all know and love Dr Seuss’ classic story, How The Grinch Stole Christmas. But have you ever wondered what happened to Cindy Lou Who and The Grinch? And what became of the people of Whoville? 

Credit: Mark Senior

Well, Matthew Lombardo has written the next part of the story for us. A (definitely!) adults-only comedy starring Miz Cracker, of Drag Race fame. We are introduced to Cindy Lou (Miz Cracker) as an adult, and learn what has happened since the events in The Grinch took place. 

Not to ruin the story for anyone, but we are taken on somewhat of a rollercoaster ride through the life of Cindy Lou. Which includes learning some information about The Grinch and his body, that perhaps I didn’t wish to know! There are some moments that take quite a sad and depressing turn, but we end on a high – and let’s be honest quite a lot of Christmas stories (and reality) have some bumps along the way. 

The set design, by Justin Williams, consists of a Barbie pink glittery trailer, decorated for Christmas with a huge amount of fairy lights hung around. It’s definitely camp and also what you can imagine Cindy Lou living in. Miz Cracker is dressed to the nines with a Who-ville hairstyle inspired wig, and a pink gingham dress, later changing into a neon pink and green lycra ensemble – think Sandy in the end scene of Grease, but camp. 

Lombardo’s entire script rhymes in the same style as Dr Seuss, creating hilarity as you try to guess the rhyme (some of these are rather rude!) Although I loved the rhymes of the script, I do feel that improvements could be made to the story. It’s necessary to find the tone they wish the show to have, as it does feel quite up and down as it currently stands.

There are fourth wall breaks throughout as Miz Cracker interacts with the audience, giving the show a fringe theatre feel. The greatest comical moments are those where she goes off script, improvising in her interactions with the audience – and at times she even managed to make this rhyme! 

I was impressed by Miz Cracker’s performance. She remains alone on stage for the entire 60-minute run time, with nothing to detract from her performance – all eyes are on her. She remains engaging, endearing and high energy throughout. Displaying great comedic timing and is excellent in her delivery, she even raps! This was one of the best performances I’ve seen by a drag queen. There were no stumbles over lines, she also engages with the audience wonderfully well. This show is rude, and raucously funny!

Who’s Holiday is a delight, it’s a show you can’t miss. Miz Cracker is hilarious and this is pure bliss. But make sure to leave at home your kids! As this show is not for them, it definitely forbids. (Ok, I tried, but I’m definitely no Dr Seuss!).

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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