Winning us over with her delightfully self-effacing candour, Margolyes holds court in a gently endearing manner, allowing the stories and excerpts to work their wonder.
It’s damn hard to hold an audience’s attention by yourself for 10 minutes let alone an hour and a half, but Margolyes’ majesty with Logan’s language and Dean Bryant’s direction can’t and shouldn’t be underestimated. She plays the character as if she was a Stradivarius, making each note count. The rousing reception she received when she finally exited the stage said it all.
I rather foolishly imagined we had seen it all from Margolyes — her Dickens, her Miss Prism and Professor Sprout, her Madame Arcati and Dora Greenfield, her countless voiceovers and recordings — but her performance in I’ll Eat You Last is an absolute cracker. She is utterly spellbinding.
Her accent is startlingly perfect, her timing is killer and, underneath the ash-blonde wig and hexagonal tinted glasses, Margolyes disappears entirely..............................I’ll Eat You Last is brilliant,bitchy, knock-the-wind-out-of-you funny, and a cracking night at the theatre.
Originally played on Broadway by Bette Midler, Sue is brought to the MTC stage with as much brio as Sue herself, by theatrical (and now national) treasure, Miriam Margolyes. Cheeky, playful and full of gusto, Margolyes slurps, puffs and chews her way through the monologue and Sue’s endless chain of cigarettes, joints, chocolates and tumblers of dark liquor. If facing the intimate Fairfax studio audience is as confronting as she expressed following her encore, then it is certainly hard to tell through the swags of confidence with which she attracts attention on stage.
it’s Margolyes and Mengers – melded into one fantastical over the top ‘Bitch with a Heart of Gold’ – who makes us stand and cheer for more. It doesn’t matter that anyone under 60 won’t know many of the actors she references; we love them because Mengers loved them. This is the best value for money entertainment that MTC has offered in a very long while.
Margolyes gives a delightful, laugh out loud funny comic performance, a technically brilliant tour de force........................It's a production that could happily grace the stage of any city in the world, and is likely to be the most enjoyable and entertaining night at the theatre you'll have this year.
Miriam Margolyes is one of those performers who seems incapable of delivering a mere average performance. She is a bundle of dynamite in her quieter roles. Here she excels herself, delivering a steady, sure, totally convincing performance that commands your attention from first line to last. In her blonde wig, looking very little like Miriam, Sue takes centre stage and delivers a performance that I can only describe as a Masterclass in performance.
. Margolyes, a brilliant voice artist, makes this sound as fascinating as it should, lingering over the occasional odd combination — “canteen” or “conclave” or “purring seduction” — and bawling out the frequent obscenities and slurs.
Neighbourhood Watch has broken the State Theatre Company’s box office record with more than 10,000 people expected to see Miriam Margolyes star in State Theatre’s current production