Dietrich: Natural Duty
Dietrich: Natural Duty

Dietrich: Natural Duty NYC Reviews and Tickets

(34 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Entertaining

About the Show

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. 

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982 Reviews | 343 Followers
Riveting, Great performance, Intelligent, Intense

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.

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
Great singing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Enchanting

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

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Compelling, Intimate

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.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
Entertaining, Great acting, Ambitious, Masterful, Thought-provoking

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

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Must see, Great acting, Great singing

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. Read more

670 Reviews | 156 Followers
Gripping, Instructive, Subtle, Moving

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. Read more

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent

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. Read more

435 Reviews | 61 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Masterful

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.

Critic Reviews (10)

January 26th, 2018
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."
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The Stage (UK)
August 7th, 2018
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."
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January 26th, 2018
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."
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Live Theatre UK
August 28th, 2018
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."
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August 15th, 2018
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."
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January 25th, 2018
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."
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British Theatre Guide
August 10th, 2018
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."
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January 27th, 2018
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."
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