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Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2012
Laura Levites: American Girlfriend
Laura discovers that being American is causing her problems. If relationships aren’t hard enough, try having one your country doesn’t approve of! After performing abroad and defending herself against growing anti-American sentiment, Laura’s British boyfriend is denied entry into the U.S. How does Laura feel about America now? What will she decide? Boyfriend or country? Can she navigate a transcontinental relationship? Will the cultural differences be too much?
Laura Levites: Fringe 2012
‘I’m American,’ Laura Levites says, redundantly, at the top of the show. After all, she’s perky, enthusiastic and with a compulsion to share some of her more intimate confessions with strangers. But she realises her nationality is not always popular over here; Yank-bashing is an ‘acceptable form of racism’ in her terms.
After crashing through stereotypes such as these by way of icebreaker, she starts gushing about how she likes British men… but not for any awkward Hugh Granty emotional repression – but because this Jewish redhead loves an uncircumcised cock. Indeed she waxes lyrical on the subject, blasting through fairly uninteresting comments, significant only for their crass value, through chutzpah and enthusiastic smiles. You have to admire her honesty, even if this – and her description of her rape fantasies – might fall into the ‘too much information’ category.
The crux of the story is how she fell for a British bloke, and set up home with him in London. There are problems with immigration, problems with the Los Angeles home she left in the care of a Central Casting lesbian, and eventually problems with the relationship itself thanks to a spontaneous lack of attraction.
It’s a packed narrative, and where some comics inflate the most trivial of instances into a routine, she has loads to tell. In fact, that’s one problem – because her life is so much raw material, this seems like a series of incidences straightforwardly told, without employing many storytelling devices to add drama or emotion. We don’t get to feel what she felt, we’re just told about it.
Oftentimes she overlooks jokes, too – though she’s got a small handful of great ones that suggests they are within her grasp, but largely she powers through via force of personality rather than any great writing, very much in the style of her compatriot, Ruby Wax.
Levites has some cross-cultural insight that goes beyond the ‘you say tomayto’ territory that are probably worth exploring more. But then she’s also got some George W Bush gags, too. It’s a mixed bag that holds together around the framework of her life story, but never really feels particularly interesting or hilarious, no matter how lively or enthusiastic a host she makes.
|Date of live review: Monday 27th Aug, '12|
Review by Steve Bennett
Like a bottle of Irn-bru that's been agitated too much, Laura Levites gently releases the build up of ginger internal pressure over the 45 minute run. From the moment Laura bounds on stage the tone is set- a bundle of (medication fuelled) energy, with an infectious smile that immediately grabs the audience attention. What follows is a journey back through recent times in her life, with a particular focus on one man. The man in question generates many stories along the way, mostly funny, but it is the delivery by Laura that (4 days after) still has me chuckling. Yes there could have been a few more digressions along the way. Yes the material can be a little weak at points. But pitching to a multi-national Festival audience is always going to be a compromise in writing. All I can say is that, by the end of 45 minutes, all you'll want to do is give her a round of applause and a hug to let her know there are still good people in the world. 4.5 stars and one to keep an eye on