Lynne Jassem: From Como To Homo (Lynne Jassem)
By Daisy Malt | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016
We begin in 1957, when 10-year-old Lynne Jassem is a Como-ette, one of six dancing children appearing on ‘The Perry Como Show’. Through a mix of nostalgia and autobiography Jassem tells her story, about the pressures of being a child performer, along with the struggles of gender confusion and homosexuality. She is old-school showbiz to the core, and serves up theatrical storytelling, mime, songs and some impressively nimble tap dancing. Jassem vividly portrays the people in her stories, bringing them to life, and it almost feels as though you’re being transported back in time. It’s a charmingly open and honest account of negotiating fame and identity at a time very different to the one we know now.
Sweet Grassmarket, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Daisy Malt]