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Review: Grey Gardens (Squabbalogic Independent Music Theatre)

Music: Scott Frankel. Director: Jay James-Moody. Cast: Sienna Arnold, Caitlin Berry, Maggie Blinco, Kelly Callaghan, Beth Daly, Blake Erickson, Sian Fuller, Jenna Keenan, Simon McLachlan, Russell Newman, Timothy Springs. The legendary Edies made their way into public consciousness through the now classic Maysles documentary film of 1975, Grey Gardens. It was an instant hit, but unlike many documentaries that seem to lose relevance beyond the time of their emergence, this is a story that has captivated every subsequent generation. The last decade especially has been particularly illustrious for the mother-daughter pairing, with the Maysles releasing a second documentary about the same subjects on home video, along with a prominent feature film by HBO, and a Broadway musical... The musical commences in the heyday of Grey Gardens, a time when glitzy parties at the East Hamptons property saw the rich and important mingle, and where social status was the greatest of currencies. Big Edie has been abandoned by a philandering husband, and finds herself left with nothing but the mansion and a daughter desperate to be married off to a Kennedy. We are bewildered by their spectacular descent from glory to squalor, and the failure of the Edies to explain the predicament only makes us more intrigued. all the best ingredients of the beloved documentary have made their way into the musical. There is an abundance of wit for endless amusement and enjoyable tunes that have us entranced, inspired by the stranger than fiction characters and their delightfully curious ways. The songs are performed marvellously under Jay James-Moody’s direction. Every musical number is conceived with flair, creativity and nuance, utilising the cast’s considerable talents to great effect. Sequences between songs are less successfully realised, with chemistry between performers faltering in the absence of choreography and singing. The production suffers from an overall lack of precision and polish, but it is a show with spirit, buoyed by Beth Daly’s astonishing portrayal of middle-aged Little Edie. Breathtakingly accurate re-enactments of iconic film moments and a thorough understanding of her character’s traits, allow Daly to create a theatrical marvel that is deeply endearing and incredibly impressive. The effect her Little Edie has on us, is little different from what the real McCoy delivers in the original. Source: Suzy Goes See

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  • Review: Grey Gardens is an unusual show inspired by the riches-to-rags story ...

    11/22/15 ,via Sydney Morning Herald

    Elderly Edith (now played by Maggie Blinco) and middle-aged Edie (Daly again, dressed in a kooky home-made leisure suit) are now the characters familiar to those who know the film; carping co-dependents living in a ruined mansion overrun with unspayed 

  • Grey Gardens the musical - a riches to rags story with a Kennedy connection

    11/19/15 ,via Sydney Morning Herald

    In the second act, Daly takes over the role of the older Little Edie, and Maggie Blinco plays her mother, Big Edie. "Because everyone can see them in the documentary as they really were, we have a huge responsibility to portray them with honesty and

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Recipes

  • Maggie's Minestrone Soup

    beef broth, butter, carrot, celery, chicken broth, tomato, leek, olive oil, onions, parmesan cheese, black pepper, potato, red kidney beans, salt, pasta, kidney bean, zucchini

Books

  • Louis Nowra

    Rodopi. 1987. ISBN: 9062038697,9789062038695. 149 pages.

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  • Grey Gardens: musical version strikes a different note

    11/24/15 ,via The Australian

    James-Moody makes a good case for Grey Gardens and has gathered a strong cast, pre-eminently Maggie Blinco in magisterial form as Big Edie in Act II. When Sydney theatre has been looking particularly blokey, it’s pleasing to see such meaty parts for women.

  • Grey Gardens

    In Act 2, Daly becomes the older Little Edie, and Maggie Blinco plays her mother, Big Edie. The young Edie as gloriously played by Berry is in the prime of her life with the world before her. She is about to become engaged to Joe Kennedy and has a Broadway ...

  • BWW Review: GREY GARDENS Is A Musical Look At The Curious Life Of The East Hampton's Ultimate Crazy Cat Ladies.

    11/20/15 ,via Broadway World

    The 1973 run down condition of the house is expressed by the minimal lighting and the dust sheets draped from the walls and over the baby grand piano as the 78 year old "Big" Edie (Maggie Blinco) descends the stairs, calling out to her daughter ...

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