Review: Lovable good-time girl... Breakfast at Tiffany's
Theatre: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin
Truman Capote’s 1958 novella is best known for the hit film starring Audrey Hepburn with its sixties setting.
In this stage adaptation by Richard Greenberg, the action is profitably restored to New York during the Second World War.
The show is narrated by Fred, a writer and neighbour of Holly Golightly, the iconic good-time girl who has made an art out of living on her femininity.
The adaptation struggles with the episodic nature of its novella source material, though director Nikolai Foster makes Trojan efforts to keep the action tight in this Curve, Leicester Production.
Matthew Wright’s set design is inventive: two interior levels of a New York apartment building are flown in; a fire escape adds elevated platforms; doors appear and disappear and there are dramatic backdrops of New York City.
The rapid movement of set helps carry the episodic storytelling style. It is aided by Mic Pool’s excellent sound plot with weather effects and background bar and street noises, including a cat’s meow.
This busy structure works well for the first half, but momentum starts to sag in the second.Matt Barber as Fred is terrific. He moves from a besotted callow innocence, through indulging a writerly nasty streak, to a form of pure love. It is a subtle growing up.
The relationship between Fred and Holly is complicated; there is love but no proper love affair. It is this complexity that gives the story depth.The smaller parts are handled well by an excellent company, but special mention must go to Bob the cat.
He has a feline CV as long as your forepaw, including Eastenders, Casualty and an ad for IKEA, as well as a turn in the movie Turner.
Pixie Lott is beguiling as Holly Golightly. She has three songs, which she does splendidly and her performance is both fragile and strong.
Her lack of acting experience shows in her speaking voice projection, which you have to strain to hear at times. But her fans won’t be disappointed; she is plenty lovable.