Irrelevant ★★★ Seven Dials Playhouse | January 9 - 28, 2023

Who doesn't love Hollywood gossip? Well, Millie Grable knows lots of juicy tidbits about Tinseltown in its golden age. Millie started out to be an actress, she attended RADA with Vivien Leigh and she aspired to be a theatrical artist. However, destiny intervenes and she ends up being an agent and managing other people's careers. In this alcohol fuelled monologue, we learn about her struggles, her disappointments and her moment of transformation into the talent-brokering uber-bitch she is today. It's all a lot of fun, and with this name-dropping diva, Keith Merrill has created a wonderfully over-the-top personality. It's a part that invites an actor to pull out all the stops, and Debbie Chazen takes it on with relish. Her Millie has a bit of Margo Channing, a dollop of Norma Desmond and maybe a soupçon of Martha from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Unfortunately, because Millie's persona is so recognisable and because we only have her perspective on events, the audience's sympathy isn't sufficiently engaged to make a melodramatic ending resonate. It all seemed to fall a little flat. Nevertheless, for an encounter with a delightfully catty character and a peak into that world of celebrity gossip that we all pretend not to care about, Irrelevant is worth a visit.

Rated ★★★

Reviewed by J.C.
Photo by Tristram Kenton.

Want to save on tickets? See our Tips page.

When, Where, Getting there:

Most Popular

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons ★★★★ Harold Pinter Theatre | Jan 18 - Mar 18, 2023

Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton ★★★ The Pheasantry | January 13 &14, 2023

We'll Always Have Paris ★★★★ The Mill at Sonning | Jan 19 - Mar 11, 2023

George Takei's Allegiance ★★★★ Charing Cross Theatre | Jan 7 - Apr 8, 2023

Two Billion Beats ★★★★ Orange Tree Theatre | Jan 20 - Feb 4, 2023

Newsies ★★★★ Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre | Until April 16, 2023

In the Net ★★ Jermyn Street Theatre | Jan 12 - Feb 4, 2023

On The Ropes ★★★★ Park Theatre | Jan 7 - Feb 4, 2023

The Cher Show ★★★ New Wimbledon Theatre | Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2023

Love Goddess, The Rita Hayworth Musical ★★★ The Cockpit | Nov 18 - Dec 23, 2022

The City Life Magazine | Reviews & Ratings