Caustic critic cops comeuppance during glam ‘gotcha!’ at the Globe
Schadenfreude is that delicious German word for taking pleasure in someone else’s misfortune. Silly Cow‘ s Doris Wallis is a professional at it, particularly good at dishing the dirt and causing career catastrophe for others.
A one-woman media mafia hit squad, Doris is also defending a lawsuit from a female actor she has impugned, while flirting with an editor of a foreign startup publication, and preparing a pitch for her own reality TV show.
Her high-flying empire is anchored by Peggy, her dowdy but no-nonsense assistant, and Douglas her dour downto-earth accountant. But as Doris sits
Silly Cow, Globe Theatre, November 17 - December 10. Reviewed by RichardMays.
centre stage in her red chair ready for her court case and a guest slot on Graham Norton, the audience is primed for her to be tipped out of it.
Jennifer Moss plays nicely against type as the media maven most love to hate.
The first half is quite the talk-fest with fewer laughs per paragraph than might be expected even with Ben Elton’s biting zingers and added contemporary references, enhanced by back-screened visual gags and raunchy music videos.
Despite an excellent Gael Haining Ede as the down-beat Peggy, and a chipper scotch-slugging Simon Herbert as would-be editor Sydney, the comic timing wasn’t quite right.
The second half comes together to deliver comeuppance in a much more satisfying way.
Silly Cow‘ s production team is to be commended for their innovative approach to updating, staging and presenting this satiric slice of 90s schadenfreude.
Jennifer Moss as Doris Wallis in Ben Elton’s ‘‘Silly Cow’’.