In Peter Groom's one-(wo)man cabaret show, it's 1942, on the battlefields of North Africa, where Marlene Dietrich takes the stage to fight the war her way, with a mix of songs, sequins, sex, and sympathy. More…
Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.
for a previous production "It would be wrong to call it an impersonation. That doesn’t do justice to the subtle, nuanced delicacy of his languid, sensuous portrayal of the singer and film star...Peter is Marlene- a faultless performance of thoughtfulness...His stunning portrayal will introduce a whole new generation to the immortal Marlene." Full Review
for a previous production "A one-(wo)man performance of potency, power, and punch...Groom gives a glorious, highly authentic performance...The performance itself dynamically showcases snippets of Marlene’s narrative as it weds song with soliloquy, sorrow with sass, history and heroism...Culminating with an earth-quaking speech riddled with the ugliness of fowl experience...A multifaceted, truly marvellous show with a stupendous actor at its head. It is definitely one not to be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "Groom’s take on legendary teutonic beauty Marlene Dietrich is literally breathtaking at points...He captures every wink, every drag on a cigarette, and each sultry gaze. There’s something uncanny about his appearance...Groom has written a witty show with a touch of pathos based around Dietrich’s wartime experiences...Not only is Groom a fabulous mimic, but he’s also a deft and skilled writer as the script lurches between camp comedy and deep sadness...An absolute tour de force." Full Review
for a previous production "Groom’s Dietrich came across as a breath of fresh air, unafraid to tell it like it is. I particularly liked the frank and perceptive observations about the acting profession. The lack of sentimentality was, truth be told, quite marvellous...Groom has an excellent stage presence, and the rapport with the audience was warm and positive throughout. A poignant and provocative production, this show oozes passion. A triumphant portrayal of a most colourful life." Full Review
for a previous production "The show is constructed in the form of a concert of Dietrich’s most famous songs interspersed with insights into her life but very much from her perspective. Beautifully acted, this is as close to meeting Dietrich in real life as you would probably get...This is a mesmerising performance from a consummate entertainer about an enigmatic performer who will always remain a little mysterious—but no less alluring for that. A must see." Full Review
for a previous production "An intoxicating cabaret...An eclectic event that is sure to excite...Groom brightens up the room with their effervescence...Groom takes his time, moving with an absolute precision and this level of character depth is wonderful to witness...Groom hits every note and demonstrates an impressive vocal range, whilst also using the tracks as a method to tell the story of Dietrich's adventurous life...It's funny, charming and its delicate creation makes it a show not to be missed." Full Review
for a previous production "Groom provides an authentic and mesmerisingly glamorous impersonation of the film and stage star in both his consummate delivery of a considerable number of her much-loved songs, as well as recounting extraordinary events from her life story...Groom and his director, Gully, certainly bring us authenticity in the costume department as well as in the well-chosen and well-sung songs. A riveting and well-honed performance that offers real insights into an icon." Full Review
for a previous production "It’s well-written, delivered with panache and has a serious moral core...Groom holds attention...and doesn’t let it go for a second in the next 60 minutes...Groom and Gully have realised that this isn’t a paint-by-numbers biopic, and it’s a 60 minute show. So the bulk of the material concerns Marlene’s war work...It’s also arrestingly performed. Groom commands the stage and is the essence of Dietrich. The songs are simply and affectingly performed." Full Review
for a previous production "An intoxicating mix of theatre, cabaret, and drag...Groom as Marlene exuded well deserved confidence. He comfortably held the audience and created a vivid and dimensional character...At a compact and well used 60 minutes, this show is the ideal length for a one (wo)man performance and keeps the audience engaged throughout. It’s a well crafted piece of theatre that sits comfortably in its current environment." Full Review
for a previous production "It would probably be more apt to describe Peter Groom as an illusionist rather than a drag queen...The Marlene we saw live on stage was an illusion...Groom succinctly captures the essence of Dietrich’s manufacture...Beneath the lipstick and powder, Groom articulates the horrors of the war and captures its brutal devastation...Dietrich’s colourful private life may be studiously overlooked, but this period is explored with honesty, humour and class." Full Review
See it if you like Marlene Dietrich or want to learn more about her and listen to some of her very best songs performed very much like Marlene did.
Don't see it if you don't like 1-man shows or small cabaret settings.
See it if If you like Dietrich you may/ like the show. In a small Cabaret setting. Tell us a little bit about her alot more of her war time.
Don't see it if If you don't like a Cabaret setting or you don't like Dietrich.
See it if You are a fan of Marlene Dietrich, and/or love pitch perfect one person theatre. Truly an incredible performance.
Don't see it if You have no sense of culture, or like seeing what lies beneath the surface of a legend.
See it if You want to see an amazing cabaret/play, best 60 minutes with amazing repoirtere, over the top singing, acting by a drag. Kudos!!!
Don't see it if If you arent a fan of one man show,drag show,cabaret style theater,small theater, bare bone stage, not into story based on historical person
See it if you will enjoy a mind-blowing performance offering an extraordinary retrospective on Dietrich's life, with Peter Groom inhabiting her body.
Don't see it if You will not enjoy a non-glitzy performance, do not like drag, or are not a fan of Dietrich. But, seriously, this was a fantastic show!
See it if You are intrigued by watching an incredibly talented performer embody the legendary Marlene Dietrich for just over an hour.
Don't see it if A one woman/man show mixing songs and the life of Marlene Dietrich in an intimate theater doesn’t appeal to you.
See it if Not just the voice and the costume, but every look, every gesture, every movement is astonishingly spot on; so if you're a fan, pounce!
Don't see it if If you don't know about the divine Marlene, spend some time with Google and YouTube, then you may deserve to see this amazing performance.
See it if You like Marlene Dietrich, cabaret music, sparkly dresses, expressionistic makeup, WWII history, or classic Hollywood.
Don't see it if You hate drag performers? Honestly, this thing is a delight start to finish, so I'm having a tough time finding a reason to not see it.
See it if you appreciate classic drag (Marlene, icon) and structural inventiveness. There are times when you feel like Dietrich herself is present.
Don't see it if you have an issue with stairs. You'll need to climb up to get to the theater then climb down to get to the performance space. Otherwise, go.
See it if for the phenomenal performance of an illusion within an illusion. A man playing a woman, an actor recreating a legend. And bits of history.
Don't see it if If you dislike solo shows, the stylized singing of Marlene Dietrich or basement club settings
See it if You are a fan of Marlene Dietrich, are interested in movie and World War II history
Don't see it if You dislike one person and short productions. (this show was only about one hour long.)
See it if You love DIETRICH. A lovely bittersweet piece delicately handled. Her gown is magnificent so sit close.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for a happy little romp.
See it if you have any interest in Dietrich or World War II.
Don't see it if you do not like solo shows, or are expecting a feel-good drag show: this is highly enjoyable, but sobering.
See it if Virtuoso performance. Not just MD's style but her values & motivations. Her real character is even more compelling than her stage character.
Don't see it if You don't like solo autobiographies. You are not interested in an intimate view of a person of integrity who lived to inspire others.
See it if You're a fan of Dietrich. He nails her totally, Voice, look, mannerisms. You really think you're seeing Deitrich
Don't see it if you don't like drag impersonators or are looking for a full on production show
See it if You're a fan of Marlene Dietrich—or have no idea who she was. A terrifically conceived and realized presentation of a unique woman and star.
Don't see it if No reason not to unless low budget bios bore—even if exceptional & exceptionally well and seamlessly done by a fine young actor/performer.
See it if Peter Groom is spellbinding as the film/cabaret legend. Go if you want to see an amazing performance.
Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows. If you are indifferent to Hollywood’s golden age. If you expect a tawdry rather than respectful portrayal.
See it if A brief glimpse at the background and career of a great Hollywood icon. See it if you are interested in knowing more about her.
Don't see it if You find the material and time period dated, its 1930's and 1940's, or are not curious about Marlene Dietrich's background.
See it if Detailed impersonation of the German romantic legend.Time spent on relections of wartime performance and That Face. Best--spoken/sung German
Don't see it if Act built around the gown. Solo show. 65 min. Gen. Adm. Act framed by interview structure. Cabaret.
Also Title refers to obligation to country and to Hollywood.
See it if you like good cabaret acts based on famous actresses, brought to great representation by a perfectionist artist with memorable songs & story
Don't see it if you expect more than what a one-person performance can offer with canned voice and sound to accompany the role with aging costume and makeup
See it if you want to see a mesmerizing reimagining of Marlene Dietrich talking about her life and singing the songs she is identified with.
Don't see it if you do not enjoy one person shows or are not interest in this Hollywood legend.
See it if You are familiar with Marlene Dietrich and you enjoy a one person show
Don't see it if You don't like one person shows, you're looking for a linear story, as opposed to a character study
See it if you're interested in Hllywd legends. Dietr comes to life to tell her story/beautifully sing her songs...while looking gorgeous. Approx 65+ m
Don't see it if you dislike solo shows/intimate settings.Could use more biog'l details. Maybe add 10m of info? Still, show is enchanting w/assured perf.
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