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Dietrich: Natural Duty

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Members say: 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.  More…

Part of Soho Playhouse's 2018 Fringe Encore Series.

Member Reviews (34)


Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent, Entertaining
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

Also This is a perfect show of its kind. Peter Groom, understanding how sub... Read more Read less

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

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

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.

Also Title refers to obligation to country and to Hollywood.

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.

Also Sounded alot like her plus with mannerisms too, with the way body move... Read more Read less

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.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Terrific makeup, costume & concept, Stunning performance

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.

Also Peter Groom is totally engaging, compelling and easily as seductive as... Read more Read less

Clever, Absorbing, Great writing, Quirky, Riveting

See it if You want to see a one man/woman USO tribute. The songs are riveting. Dialogue about the war is too.

Don't see it if You do not like drag shows about tribute queens.

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Great acting, Great singing

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

Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, This brilliantly accurate impersonation is a must see for any dietrich fan.

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.

Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Intelligent

See it if Do you like to see a reincarnation and Marlena Dietrich

Don't see it if Do you have any reservations about A serious and professional drag performance

Absorbing, Must see, Great singing, Great acting, Enchanting

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

Also A must see!!!! You will not regret this.... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You Luke intriguing cabaret

Don't see it if You have no interest in the story of the protagonist..

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, One man (as a woman) show, Riveting

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.

Also For about three quarters of it, I was captivated. Groom’s performance ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great singing, Intelligent, Masterful

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.

Great staging, Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, All around amazing

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.

Also I love everything about Marlene Dietrich and didn't know what to expec... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting, Clever, Great singing

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Must see

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.

Also Peter Groom gives an amazing performance. Despite what you would expec... Read more Read less

Riveting, Meticulous, Ingenious, Economical, Delightful

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.

Also Memorable Line: "Falling in love again / Never wanted to / What am I t... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great singing, Resonant

See it if U likevthe cabaret vibe.Groom's stage presence & voice are lovely.With such an intriguing subject I wanted to know more. Writing needs help

Don't see it if You don't like a play that has more random songs than writing time.

Clever, Masterful, Entertaining, Great singing, Great writing

See it if like solo shows recreating performances by entertainers of the past in a historical context.

Don't see it if you are not interested a show presenting a slice of Americana in a cabaret context.

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

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.

Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Resonant, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Marlene Dietrich, enjoy drag queens paying homage to divas. Like a crowded cabaret setting.

Don't see it if You are looking for a fun show, it’s very high toned. Dietrich as presented here is possibly more talented and more noble than the original?

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 voc...
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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 ca...
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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 ...
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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 Ma...
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