‘Waitress’ (Edinburgh Playhouse) | Review By Stacey Brown

Sugar, butter, flour and a whole lot of talent! Waitress has hit the Edinburgh Playhouse and it’s just as tasty as we hoped.

When waitress Jenna finds out she’s pregnant, she has to figure out how to start fresh without her horrible husband Earl. However, there are more than a few bumps in the road when she and her gynaecologist Dr Pomatter begin to have an affair. However, with the love and friendship from her workmates Dawn and Becky, Jenna has the ingredients to thrive!

The cast were phenomenal!

Aimée Fisher is outstanding as Jenna. She brings to life that southern charm and homeliness that we love about Waitress. Her vocals are stunning and of course “She Used to Be Mine” brought a tear to everyone’s eye.

The chemistry and friendly affection between Aimée, Wendy Mae Brown (Becky) and Evelyn Hoskins (Dawn) is lovely to watch. The friendship between these characters is one I find to be very genuine- the actors absolutely nailed it. Wendy Mae and Evelyn were absolutely hilarious with great comedic timing.

Of course everyone loves the tension between Liam McHugh (Dr Pomatter) and Aimée Fisher. They felt really connected to each other but a bit clumsy and dorky, which made it all the more relatable and funny. Contrast this with bad guy Donal Brennan as Earl. Donal was brilliant, switching from forceful and aggressive, to pathetic and almost child-like. You would never guess that Jenna, Dr Pomatter and Earl were all understudies, and they absolutely smashed it!

The stand-out performance of the night had to be George Crawford as Ogie. Ogie is such a fun and hilarious character to watch and George killed it! “Never Ever Getting Rid of Me” is a fan favourite of the show, and George had the audience rolling with laughter.

The direction and choreography from Dian Paulus and Lorin Latarro tie together an amazing and fun performance that has us laughing, singing and crying.

The set (Scott Pask) and lighting design (Ken Billington) transport us to this little diner in America. The lighting of a warm, colourful sunset immerses you into the world that’s been created. The quick transitions and moving sets mean the performance flows seamlessly from scene to scene. After seeing Waitress back in 2019 at the Adelphi, I didn’t expect the set to be as distinguished but it was perfect!

Waitress is a charming story that leaves you feeling cosy and warm inside- like a slice of apple pie. It has cemented itself as a modern musical classic and the cast touring the UK are doing it justice and then some! Please get out and see if if you can.

Waitress runs at Edinburgh Playhouse til Saturday 23rd April.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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