Award-winning actor Stephen Wight takes on the title role of Lee McQueen and Dianna Agron play Dahlia in the world premiere of James Phillips's play McQUEEN directed by John Caird, which will run at St. James Theatre through 27 June.
Another issue is Agron...who never manages to elevate her character beyond a clothes-horse spouting psychobabble. She speaks in a strange, sing-song voice throughout, reciting rather than metabolising her lines. It’s an uncomfortably stilted performance.
McQueen review – this play about the iconoclastic fashion designer is an undramatic act of worship http://t.co/tPX5Ahnf4y— The Guardian (@guardian) May 21, 2015
Dianna Agron falls into monotonous vocal rhythms as Dahlia.
But Glee star Dianna Agron is not good, I’m afraid. Her delivery is glib yet slow - I never believe the quick-fire rapport with McQueen, and when they get onto more profound or personal matters, her probing feels painfully crass rather than deep-and-meaningful. This performance is more blunt than a pair of old sewing scissors; it simply doesn’t cut it. Phillips’ meditations on love, death and beauty are left crudely over-exposed, and given Agron is at the heart of the play, it’s hard to get the real measure of McQueen.
"Imagine Alexander Mcqueen's Wikipedia page crossed with A Christmas Carol." McQueen is dreadful. http://t.co/TbiJEqVga2— Matt Trueman (@matttrueman) May 20, 2015
That actor Stephen Wight should wring a tender portrait of a troubled man out of such crass writing, surrounded by tech and opposite the expressionless void of co-star Dianna Agron ("Glee"), is nothing short of a marvel [...] Agron, however, is little more than a clothes horse. She plays up Dahlia’s numbness and ends up vocally monotone, facially inert and deeply unwatchable. Still, her presence has helped McQueen to a record advance for the St James, proving that today’s London has more money than taste.
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Her stans are trying it:
I'll take the word of a family member of Alexander over a critic any day. https://t.co/NcX4X3sWWO— Dianna Agron Fan (@Agronception) May 21, 2015