Life with Oscar
  • By Darryl Jo
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  • 9th Aug 2023
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  • ★★★★★

Life With Oscar is Nicholas Cohen's brutally honest first person (and occasionally third person) account, detailing his own personal heroes journey from Lewisham, South-east London to Tinseltown. He lays bare his soul and lets you into his inner world, as he gently guides you through his life from childhood up until now — receiving some much needed help where he can and dodging Faustian pacts along the way.

Cohen is a comedic and theatrical genius

Life With Oscar is all about Hollywood... and Nicholas Cohen, and by the plays end you come to realise that both are equally as interesting. One is definitely genuine and the other is remarkably phony — I'll let you guess which is which.

He portrays many vastly assorted characters from his life's tale with great comedic prowess, and firmly carries the story arc from beginning to end. Cohen is a comedic and theatrical genius. He had the audience in stitches with his witty jokes and intensely invested with his seedy insider account of the hidden world of Hollywood.

Nicholas Cohen is a one man army, needing no assistance (other than that of the lighting engineer). The energy that Nicholas keeps up from start to finish is honestly remarkable, and not only that, he manages to keep the audience fully engaged for the whole 60 minutes duration too.

This is a must see if you're interested in Hollywood, fame, glitz, glamour. And you'll come to realise what you already know deep down in your heart — that the limelight ain't all that. So keep your soul handy and save yourself the misery, Cohen did it for you. As a smart man once said, “A wise man learns from others mistakes, whereas a fool only learns from his own”.

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The Blurb

An autobiographical rollercoaster ride through the highs and lows of Hollywood. Fleeing his dysfunctional life, Nick flies to Sunset Boulevard to stay with a double Oscar winner promising to get him nominated, if Nick just follows his exact instructions... A tragicomic satire on the underbelly of Hollywood, Life with Oscar peeks behind the Oscars curtain, lifting the lid on the luxurious Los Angeles lifestyle. 'Nick Cohen... bears all the hallmarks of a Theatre de Complicite graduate. The choice of work is daring, the imagery is striking, the acting understated yet bold' (Time Out).

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