Five prostitutes have been found murdered in Ipswich, Suffolk, England, UK in 2006. This is documentary theatre about this tragedy. It is mostly about the residents’ reaction to the situation. The musical’s lyrics and dialog uses verbatim text recorded during interviews with the residents.
This is a very interesting concept, but it fails to deliver. The plot is pretty straightforward without any big drama or surprises. It can also be a bit confusing with the actors portraying many different characters without any costume changes. Also, like many documentaries, it gets quite repetitive.
The fault is not with the cast, as it is well performed. The cast includes Rengin Altay*, Christina Gorman+ (The Moors), Alani Gross-Roberts, Rebecca Jordan+* (Be Here Now), Tina Muñoz Pandya+* (Mr. Burns), Steve Peebles~ (Flanagan’s Wake), Linda Reiter+* (This Wide Night, The Realistic Joneses), Steven Schaeffer, Leslie Ann Sheppard~* (Sheepdog), Anne Sheridan Smith (Southern Gothic, Fun Home), and Kendal Wilson. (*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers, +Shattered Globe Ensemble Member, ~Shattered Globe Artistic Associate)
See the program here.
Cost of a ticket: $40
PlaylistHQ Economic Rating: Half Price –
Rating Scale: Exceptional Value > Worth It > Half Price > Go for Free > Don’t Bother
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