If you think you know the story of Adam and Eve think again.
Director: Francesca Goodridge
Writer: Chandler Warren
Cast: Joseph Robinson, Hayley Hampson, Dale Adams, Michael Christopher, Stephen McGlynn
Running time: 75 minutes
Theatre: Kings Head Theatre, Islington
Adam & Eve… And Steve will have you howling with laughter throughout the entire play whether it is the musical numbers or simply the gestures of the characters.
Set in a time when God had just created the Garden of Eden and has made the first man Adam. However, Beelzebub interferes and God creates Steve instead of Eve.
Adam is delighted with Steve and the two of them live harmoniously until the two BFFs are confronted by Eve herself.
Fights ensue and arguments erupt as both Steve and Eve fight for the attention and love of Adam.
With a simple set design of just a tree and a few dangling apples, the play manages to hold the audience’s attention – but that could be because of the costumes, or lack of costumes, the three humans wear.
Adam, played by Joseph Robinson, portrayed the naive and confused man who was simply searching for someone so he would not be alone.
Giving him a Welsh accent was a brilliant addition after all everyone loves a Welsh accent.
Robinson, who had already played Adam in a previous production, confidently came onto the stage in nothing but a leaf-made loin cloth.
Dale Adams was cast in the role of overly camp and twink-styled Steve. Adams, who originated this role in the UK production, was hilarious to watch.
Introducing himself as ‘Saint Eve’ as ‘St’ is short for Saint was very clever and his character has many one-liners that add to his character.
Using all the stereotype-jargon and gestures, Adams was perfectly cast as Steve and at one point had the audience in tears of laughter.
Hayley Hampson was Eve and both her and Adams brought to life their respective characters and they managed to portray their characters in a sort of teenage-like manner.
With many references to the gay culture including Grindr and other such ‘dating’ apps plus other contemporary references including Trump and Nicole Sturgeon the Chandler Warren, who wrote the book and lyrics, clearly knew what they were doing.
Winner of Best New Musical at the Hollywood Fringe 2015, the play then performed a sold-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016 and it is no surprise it was a hit.
Although the play does not run on for very long there are some parts where it is simply filler including a dance routine between Beelzebub (Stephen McGlynn) and God (Michael Christopher).
Whether or not this was actually needed is debatable as it was not like the rest of the cast needed a costume change.
The theatre itself was an off-West End show in the heart of Angel and it could not have been a better venue. The small theatre in its own way added to the show.
Although a bit of air condition would not have been criticised.
Nevertheless, the play was brilliant and left me with a sort of sense of joy after.
I would happily see the show again although to see it the first time does not ruin the jokes and hilarious parts that had me wiping away tears of laughter.
A brilliant production!