Reviewed by: Hi Fi Way
Review by Geoff Jenke | 15 February 2024
The setting is a New York hotel room, 1943. Dorothy Parker, famed wit, writer and critic is about to have a collection of her poems and short stories published and she has to make selections for the book. As Dorothy sorts through her works, she reminisces about her life and work, the founding of The New Yorker, her famous friends which include F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemmingway and her many lovers. The stage is decorated with just a side table full of scripts and books, a chair and a drinks trolley, to which she makes many trips for a “top up” of “brown liquid”. “There were only two alcohol liquids in the prohibition” she tells us, “Brown and clear. Funny I never started drinking till it became a felony”. Margot Avery gives an enthralling performance of Dorothy Parker and as she shifts through the pile of scripts on the table, it becomes obvious she has never been satisfied with anything she has written. Dorothy was known for some great witticisms. “Men won’t make passes at girls wearing glasses” apparently led to a massive reduction of ladies buying glasses and she tells someone on the phone, “Great party. One more drink and I would be under the host”. There are plenty more in the show but I won’t spoil the party. Margot gives her all as Dorothy Parker. It is a funny, but at times moving performance of one of America’s great writers. And the Holden Street Theatre venue is an ideal setting for the show. Wonderful.