International Theatre Vlogger/Critic Mickey Jo visits Edinburgh Fringe and raves about Hello Kitty Must Die.
Co-adapted by Gail Rastorfer and Kurt Johns, there is an air of SIX to the show. Aided by the five strong cast, Jully Lee, Lennox T Duong, Amy Keum and Annu Hu join Sami Ma to play multiple roles ranging from overbearing parents, to douchebag bosses and bitchy socialites.
The musical is an unhealthy combination of sex, violence, drugs and feminine power. The tunes are catchy and move the story along suitably and the cast are superbly talented. Moving between characters seamlessly, you'd be forgiven for not realizing what a small cast this actually is. If you like musicals (this has a Heathers vibe about it, in particular), then this is a must visit at the Fringe this year. Musical vengeance at its best.
**** Four stars.
Sami Ma plays Fiona with an enjoyable balance of sincerity and facetiousness. All other characters are played by Lennox T. Duong, Jully Lee, Ann Hu and Amy Keum, most of which comedically. The performances of the cast alone make this show worth seeing, and the direction also does well to communicate shifts in characters.
The kicky, catchy soundtrack to Hello Kitty Must Die powers us through a tale of sex, murder and feminism. No one is especially likeable, but they are certainly compelling, and the whole enterprise has the delightfully twisted feel of Heathers.
Based on the cult novel by Angela S. Choi, 'Hello Kitty Must Die' is the best written show I have seen at the fringe so far this year. A complete drama, a riveting narrative, a musical full of humour and sass; there's nothing quite like it and I adored it.