1-3 May 2014
Reviewed by Helen Jiggins
Dance ‘til Dawn at the New Theatre Oxford was, first and foremost, a dance show, but was unexpectedly humorous. It was created around the films from the 1930’s Hollywood golden age of song and dance on the Silver Screen. The overriding plot follows a tale of a blackmail, murder and wrongful conviction, but the real focus was the dance, which was excellent.
There were spectacular and mesmerising sequences by the stars of the show, namely Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace, as a young couple who fall foul of the mob and their performance included their signature tango to the delight of the audience. Teddy Kempner’s detective, Tommy Dubrowski, is laugh-out-loud funny, particularly when he engages the audience with his self-aware metatheatre references. Abbie Olson, as Lana Clemenza, stole the show with her depiction of a femme-fatal gangster’s moll and Oliver Darley played The Voice where his sumptuous singing matched the era and the sound of the show perfectly.
The supporting cast were all excellent dancers, perhaps the male dancers slightly outshone the ladies, but all were perfectly competent and captured the feel of the era well. Apart from the odd lighting slip (this was the first night of the run in this theatre) and slightly underwhelming costumes (with the exception of the flawless outfits worn by Simone and Cacace), the show was a huge success and a very enjoyable evening’s entertainment.
The venue was good, central within Oxford (I came by train) and is located near bars and restaurants for the pre-/post-theatre meal or drink. The staff were very friendly. The theatre has a 1930’s faded splendour, which in this case matched the show perfectly.
Overall, I really enjoyed this dance extravaganza; enjoying the laughs and admiring the dancing in equal measure.
Tickets cost from £17.90 to £48.90 (plus £4 transaction fee)
For more infomation or to book tickets visit www.newtheatreoxford.org.uk.
New Theatre Oxford, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AG | 0844 871 3020