EDUCATING RITA: “It’s My Fair Lady in academia”
Theatre Review by SANDRO MONETTI
A bored, cynical and alcoholic teacher is shaken out of his
world weary ways when he encounters a most unusual student in this thought provoking comedy drama.
Rita, a vibrant 26-year-old hairdresser hungry for education,
signs up for literature lessons with fifty-something lecturer Frank – and this duo from different worlds soon form a surprising connection.
It’s My Fair Lady in academia and Murielle Zuker is all
energy and attitude as Rita while Adrian Neil is all composure as Frank – at least until the booze takes over.
But the set, sound and costumes are top class, director Robert
Mackenzie adds some assured touches and the clever and witty script – by former Liverpool hairdresser Willy Russell – just sings.
By Willy Russell
Adrian Neil as Frank
Murielle Zuker as Rita
Directed by Robert Mackenzie
Produced by David Hunt Stafford
Set Design – Jeff G Rack
Costume Design – Michele Young
Lighting Design – Ric Zimmerman
Sound Design – Bill Froggatt
Stage Manager – Tony Carnaghi
Publicity – Philip Sokoloff
Photo of Sandro by Dawn Bowery from the book California Dreaming: Brits in LA Book
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