Grown men wept

Originally published 22 August 2012 at

PIAF – 22-25 August, 8pm, The Famous Spiegeltent

It’s not often you see something happen during a performance that turns it from being the merely spectacular into the unforgettable, but Tuesday night’s audience at the Spiegeltent in George Street for PIAF witnessed something quite extraordinary.

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How can it be 2010 when I just saw Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor live in Edinburgh?

Originally published: 7 August 2010 at

Forgetting for a moment the stage presence, timing, and charisma of two faces we’re more used to seeing on Television, in Michael Urie [Twitter] (‘Ugly Betty’) and George Wendt [Twitter] (Norm in ‘Cheers’), the real revelation in this performance is when the ensemble gather on stage and lead off with comically mismatched accounts of the same events from the autobiographies of Debbie Reynolds and Liz Taylor.

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