Review: I Do! I Do!, at Upstairs at the Gatehouse
Musical journey through a marriage leaves contented audience with catchy songs ringing in their ears
07 November, 2019 — By Eileen Morrison
Gemma Maclean and Ben Morris in I Do! I Do!
SET in America between 1890 and 1940, I Do! I Do! is a delightful musical journey through a marriage covering 50 years, from the time the couple both say “I do” until the time when their children are married and there is once again just the two of them in the family home.
Michael is a successful writer of popular fiction, a career that enables him to provide a comfortable life for his family.
Agnes is a stay-at-home mother, whose whole life revolves around the home and bringing up their two children.
Both are strong characters – Agnes isn’t terribly impressed by the sort of books her husband churns out, though she accepts they bring in a lot of money.
He tends to find her preoccupation with the children and the home irritating. But they muddle through, staying together.
Ben Morris as Michael and Gemma Maclean as Agnes are perfect, with both bringing a freshness and style to the singing and dancing that are such a big feature of the play.
A definite must for those who like music, nostalgia, and leaving a theatre feeling happy and contented, with catchy songs ringing in their ears.
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