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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review: Lydia Lockett … JAZZ POETRY of the NEW BEAT GENERATION (Fringe 2011)

Reviewed by Bruce McKay

“This show is dedicated to nice people and, uh, I’m sure you’re all nice.” So began Ms Lydia Lockett’s performance of poems accompanied by soft jazzy music. I’m not sure what the ‘New Beat Generation’ is about – or if there even is such a thing – but here we get some descriptions of some really nice and, apparently, some really not-so-nice men from Ms Lockett’s past. The former are mythologized, and no clue given as to why, and her recounting of the latter show continuing resentment. The poems are so much about her that there is little left for us as audience. Disappointing, as well, was her use of the music: her voice felt juxtaposed upon it rather than as something that was truly inspired by it. Overall, this needs work and surely a clearer desire to entertain.
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