heatre Review – Oct. 5, 09
reviewed by Paula Citron
Mimi, A Poisoner’s Comedy
Music and lyrics by Allen Cole
Book and Lyrics by Melody A. Johnson and Rick Roberts
Directed by Alisa Palmer
Starring Trish Lundström, Tamara Bernier Evans, Paul Braunstein, Martin Julien, Ron Pederson and Victor A. Young
At the Tarragon Theatre until Oct. 25
The new musical Mimi, A Poisoner’s Comedy has the insouciant air of a French farce and the bubbly froth of good champagne. Everything about the production is sophisticated, although it’s too clever by half nature does get to be too much of a muchness towards the end.
Nonetheless, this witty show is a triumph for composer Alan Cole, and actors Melody A. Johnson and Rick Roberts who wrote the book. The team was inspired by the real life Madeleine, Marquise de Brinvilliers, who was a serial killer during the time of Louis XIV. It seems she did in her family, lovers and strangers alike with pigeon pies, which makes her the Sweeney Todd of Paris.
Director Alisa Palmer and her A team of singing actors led by Trish Lundström as the notorious Mimi have turned the musical into a romp with overtones on Grand Guignol. Poisoners do have fun.
Mimi, A Poisoner’s Comedy continues at the Tarragon Theatre until Oct. 25.