Monorogue: Wheel of Misfortune at the Old Red Lion Theatre
What happens when six hapless contestants enter the worst game show in the world? Not a whole lot as it happens. For all its big claims, Wheel of Misfortune is a thoroughly dull affair that many will find difficult to stay awake through.
This latest Monorogue production takes place on the set of a game show in which the contestants come out one by one and tell their tale of woe. And that’s it. Think Graham Norton’s red chair only more drawn out and with no ability to put an end to the boring bits. Each monologue is written and performed by a separate actor. The acting is fine, but the writing is so underwhelming and undemanding that not much seems to be required of the performers. Unfortunately, the sad tales feel forced and not very exciting, and because these characters are essentially caricatures their words don’t feel genuine.
Daniel James Bailey’s part as Jimmy is one of the few redeeming aspects of this play, engaging and fun enough to hold the audience’s attention. Anabel Barnston’s performance is also solid. As one of the hosts of the game show, she brings a certain stability of quality throughout and it is a relief when a monologue ends and the limelight goes back to her. Regrettably, these accomplishments are not able to save what is otherwise a dreary evening. The rest of the cast aren’t bad by any means but they are let down by weak material.
Wheel of Misfortune is a must-see for any family and friends of the cast but anyone who doesn’t fall into that group may want to pass on this one. There are better productions out there in the same price range.
Wheel of Misfortune is at the Old Red Lion Theatre from 23rd until 25th April 2017, for further information or to book visit here.