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Now let me get this straight.
[Pointing to Peaches]
She says she's his.
[Pointing to Zandra]
She says he's hers.
[Pointing to Zandra and Peaches]
They say he's theirs, I guess you're saying he's yours, so what's going on?
She said that he said that I said, that I said that he said that she said, that they said that she said we both said that he said that I said that YOU said... something or other, I forget!
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Taboo-breaking shock-fest doesn't really work on-screen
A show which sells itself on its association with The Jerry Springer show (a forum in which ill-educated, working-class attention-seekers can feel at home and Springer's production team can make a great deal of money). But the 'opera' needs more than the magazine of morally vapid couples and their revelations to build a narrative trajectory than will last the full 2 hours.
Consequently we're faced with Jerry getting more caught up in the content of his work than he bargained for: where once he just asked the questions (a devil's advocate, ironic here) now his life depends on his own moral association with what they provoke. There is drama here, even opera. And it's contemporaneously controversial too.
Unfortunately it's also a bit rubbish. The song-n-dance numbers are surprisingly basic (and, yes, unsurprisingly base). Plus, the show doesn't work on the small screen - surely part of the thrill of going to see the show is being part of an audience which is corporately dared to take offence all the time. The singing is mixed but that's the least interesting part of the package. 2/10
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