LIPSTICK TANGO
Pleasance, Edinburgh
August, 1991

Tales of love, death and dancing in mid-century Buenos Aires form Katie Campbell's adaptation-cum-homage to Manuel Puig. The experimentation and games in his novels are mirrored in the exhilaratingly dense collage of the early minutes; later the piece subsides into a more conventional structure, played out to an accordion accompaniment. The cast slip between characters most strikingly when Sarah Cameron's too-timid lover Nene metamorphoses into the disturbed and obsessed boy, Toto. Occasional visual compositions don't quite come off, but overall a riveting show.

Written for The Independent.

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