Review: Ronni Ancona and Lewis MacLeod, Just Checking In (rating 5/5)
No set. Just two of the finest impressionists on the circuit and a convoluted script in which they take on characters who assume lives of their own and ultimately those of Ancona and MacLeod themselves.
It’s a fast and riotous hour which revolves around a plan by Donald and Melania Trump to acquire a once-glamorous Scottish hotel.
With a ‘cast’ that includes deep-toned Kirsty Young interviewing the self-aggrandising Sir Ian McKellen this is laugh-out-loud comedy from an experienced pair who race through dozens of familiar voices as they are drawn into the plot.
Trump and Boris Johnson have gifted all impressionists two of the most eccentric characters to parody and MacLeod’s take on both will be familiar to listeners of Radio Four’s Dead Ringers. Ancona slips effortlessly from sensuous Audrey Hepburn to simpering Olivia Colman.
They bounce around the stage, changing persona in a quick-fire drill that has the audience breathlessly playing spot the celebrity. It’s a funny show by two talented and polished performers. No surprise that it has been playing to sell-out audiences.
Gilded Balloon at the Museum until 17 August