Review: Tonight with Donny Stixx – Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh Fringe

First published in The Times, Friday August 21 2015

Four Stars

The new play from Philip Ridley is billed as a companion piece to Dark Vanilla Jungle, the artist and writer’s 2013 Edinburgh Fringe premiere about the sexual grooming of a teenage girl by a couple of older men. This new monologue is just as unsettling, the theatrical equivalent of a slow-motion car crash. Like Dark Vanilla Jungle, which featured the brilliant Gemma Whelan, the stomach-churning tension of Ridley’s latest work is given the required humanity by Sean Michael Verey in the title role.

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