Theatre review: The Phantom of the Fringe
Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review: The Phantom of the Fringe at Spotlights @ The Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278), reviewed by Susan Mansfield
It’s a dangerous move, spending the first few minutes of your show telling your audience to go away, but this is all part of the melodramatic style of this diva (played by Carmen Garcia Lorca), once celebrated around the world, now reduced to haunting a Fringe venue.
With the aid of dramatic lighting and costume changes, she flounces and emotes her way through her story. Oscar Guedas’s play has a keen sense of irony, and asks some interesting questions about what theatre does, but these aren’t enough to rescue it from its overblown central character.
Until 26 August. Today 9:55pm
Originally published in The Scotsman