Theatre Review: Good Morning, Alamo! – Tabard Theatre, Chiswick ✭✭✭

Good Morning, Alamo!
Tabard Theatre, Chiswick 

Review by Unsa Chaudri

The Tabard Theatre in Chiswick is somewhat of a hidden gem. Having previously worked in the area I was surprised I had not come across it before. Located near Turnham Green Station it is easily accessible and quite the quaint little theatre. A perfect setting for Good Morning, Alamo!

Mark Giesser both writes and directs this satire, which is full of political messages. Set in 1835-36, Good Morning, Alamo! is primarily about the dispute over Texas. The Mexicans and the Americans with support from their European comrades embark on a war like situation, which is affectionately referred to as ‘America’s Dunkirk’.

Both sides have mercenaries to support them, Harry Birchfield, an English Cobbler, played by Steven Clarke, on the side of America and Andreas Gerber, a German speaking Swiss Officer, played by Steven Cavanagh, on the side of the Mexicans.

Charlotte Vernon, mistress of Andreas but also an English painter trying to prove herself in her own right, excellently portrayed by Zoe Teverson, makes up the last of the three principle cast.

The ensemble, which much resemble a Greek chorus, bring a lot of wit and charm with their portrayal of different cultures and accents. Riona O’Connor is particularly noteworthy with her varying accents and James Palmer, believable as each character he assumes. Richard Emerson, leading the ensemble, is strong, dynamic and fun to watch, bringing a unique touch to each character.

Although there is a lot going on and many storylines to follow, I would recommend Good Morning, Alamo! as it is quirky, entertaining and thought provoking – be sure to watch out for the popular American references.

3 stars ✭✭✭

Good Morning, Alamo!
Thur 17 Jan - Sat 9 Feb 2013
Tue - Sat 7:30pm
Tickets £14/£12