100-Word Fringe: “The Billie Holiday Story” at Assembly George Square

Great or mediocre, depending on what you’re after. I’m probably in the minority as I was looking for strong acting and a well-hammered round-up of the divine Ms. H, rather than this faithfully rendered back-catalogue. Judging by the crowd it seemed most were there to reminisce, and Nina Kristofferson belted one out after the other with an impressive, breathy desperation. But the quieter moments didn’t ring true, and every time the mask slipped it just seemed that bit too performed. I was spoiled by a heart-wrenching Liza Minnelli last year in Dublin, and Billie just wasn’t fragile enough to work.

TheBillie Holiday Story is playing at Assembly George Square until August 14th.

Tickets: £14 (£13)

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About alfla

Playwright, screenwriter, sometime improv enthusiast and full-time television lover. You know, in THAT way.
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One Response to 100-Word Fringe: “The Billie Holiday Story” at Assembly George Square

  1. Grace says:

    Yeah, nothing can top Sharon Sexton doing Liza…

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