This production is loud, ostentatious and over the top - exactly as Grease should be.
| 17 Mar 2006
Life's Great Mystery number 47: how did Grease ever come to be seen as family friendly entertainment? With more pelvic thrusting and dirty talk than a porno it makes Jenna Jameson look squeaky clean. Life's Great Mystery number 48: just how rubbish would a childhood without the original and best pussy-wagon be anyway? This production is loud, ostentatious and over the top, with bright lights and bright costumes for all the bright-eyed kids (and their equally excited parents) in the audience - exactly as Grease should be. Paul Manuel and Hayley Evetts as Danny and Sandy sing their perfectly tuned lungs out. A raised platform behind the stage accomodates a wicked live band. It's great fun, and sometimes it feels spectacular, but eventually you realise that's only because once upon a time you were one of those bright-eyed kids, singing You're The One That I Want into a hairbrush. [Julie Balazs]
Playhouse, Edinburgh, 21 Feb - 4 March.