Review: CRAZY at The Grand Opera House

Review: CRAZY at The Grand Opera House

Typical Belfast humour, raucous and rude and ‘Crazy’ by Brenda Murphy had the audience in fits. They really became engaged with the story of Ruby, (Caroline Curran) and her quest for love. She even went to Africa to find the man of her dreams not realising that her best friend Gary (Ciaran Nolan) might well fit the bill but does he? The third member of the trio is Uncle Eddie (Marty Maguire) who is something of a liability but he cares for them both and only wants the best outcome.

I thought the first half of the show was too long and lost some purpose but after the interval the script just zinged along and it was fast and furious, When Ruby went Internet dating, more characters were introduced showing off the male actors skills and it was a laugh a minute. The audience were right there with Ruby and her mates, cat calls, boos and cheers and as Patsy Cline’s portrait dominated the evening, there was singing too and we all joined in. ‘Crazy’ isn’t to everyone’s taste, a few more mature members of the audience left at the interval, I imagine they thought this was an homage to the American country singer of the 1930s, certainly she was the centre of attention and Ruby’s confidant and their one sided discussions helped the storyline move along. But the Patsy Cline show this was not.

Three really good performances from Curran, Nolan and Maguire, great movers and shakers with powerful singing voices too.

Expect adult humour and dodgy language but you will have a great laugh.

Anne Hailes
Crazy by Brenda Murphy
Grand Opera House
Saturday 28th May 2017

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