Mullets and Daughters

Note: This review is from 2002

Review by Steve Bennett

There's a lot of potential in Sarah Adams's trio of characters, but this patchy show is too frequently let down by a recurring urge to head for the most obvious and crude gags.

Her triumvirate represent three generations of the same showbiz family - the gay icon cabaret chanteuse, the Quattroesque leather-clad Eighties rocker and the delicate, hippyish folk singer.

They could be broad stereotypes had Adams not filled in plenty of background and family tensions to elevate them above this, but she then heaps on the obscenity to drag the show back down again.

Take, for example, the first character we meet - Suzi Lee Rock-It.

That she is the woefully insecure daughter of a music legend, relying on a relentless diet of drugs, meaningless sex and power rock to validate her life would be fertile ground for some strong character comedy.

Instead, these defects are merely touched upon, downplayed in favour of such unsubtle and unimaginative fare as the Bon Jovi-like anthem Tit Fucking 'Cross The USA - a memorably accurate parody but lacking in lyrical content.

The other characters - the sexually-confused vegan singer-songwriter who knows no other way of rebelling, and the selfish, domineering matriarch are both similarly flawed.

Adams is clearly talented and put some thought into constructing this show, if she can drag her characters away from shock tactics and into more interesting areas she could really be onto something.

Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

Review date: 1 Aug 2002
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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