Macaroni on a Hotdog

A masterwork of parallax, Macaroni on a Hotdog gently uncovers its affecting core through a focused 50 mins of understated wit. Walking in to a soundtrack of Beyonce’s Single Ladies sets the stage for a suitably fierce effort from Sandra Thomas, who shifts from bedraggled bride to cocksure frat guy/lawyer with shocking ease. And, best of all, even dodgy hand gestures never drag the performance into crude territory (ignore the promo pic): this is an incisive episodic tale older kids can appreciate too.

At its heart, this is not a sketch show, but a hefty investigation into the power of marital union to divide.

The wedding’s an out-and-out disaster; we know that as soon as Patricia ‘Patty’ begins reading out her court order. Fractional viewpoints (six in total) reveal the personal tragedies of the ‘joyous’ day: creative catering, songs of heartbreak and bohemian landscaping are all in order. Between each sketch blare delightfully daft sonic fragments. The coprophobic struggles and mundane Radio DJ chatter accompany Thomas’ supersonic costume changes backstage.

How it comes together I do not know. The naturalistic tone, drunken stumbles and forgotten French tune help. The donning of ludicrous wigs and questionable cardies is snigger-worthy. The diligence with which Thomas played off an unwarrantedly motionless audience: admirable. Ditties, silence and asthma attack are employed as balanced movements of this accomplished comic’s symphony.

Macaroni on a Hotdog could be compared to a standout BBC TV series like White Heat, with its balanced encapsulation of multiple viewpoints. The one problem? It’s better. At its heart, this is not a sketch show, but a hefty investigation into the power of marital union to divide; into the uneven treatment of the naive (a sweet 17 year-old mother-to-be) and the seasoned bullies (her foolish, self-centred extended family). By the end, the inebriated ‘yoof’ bride becomes the voice of reason. Her priority is to revel in life’s simple pleasures - and what else are we here to do? 

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The Blurb

Everyone has a wedding disaster story, this family has 50. Inspired by true events, one actor plays six characters in this cringeworthy one act. Weenies, weddings and wipeout! The fun in this family is in the dysfunction. A sell-out, top 10 show at its debut in the Minnesota Fringe, reviewers judged it a must-see. One actor, six characters and lots of laughs. Five-star reviews for Sandra Thomas’s last appearance in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, (The Property Known as Garland, 2012).