Carl Hiaasen's 'Lucky You'
By Carl Hiaasen
Author Carl Hiaasen apparently approves of this adaptation of his bestselling novel 'Lucky You', and it isn't hard to see why. The play brings out all the depth and complexity of the world of the book and notes of colour, aggression, and humour are struck in a sardonic portrait of greed, white supremacists and crackpot Christians in Florida. The sassy JoLayne, played by Nicola Alexis, wins $14 million in the lottery but when gun-toting rednecks steal her ticket to fund their White Rebel Brotherhood she is determined to get it back. A whole mix of characters are drawn into the fray, part acting and part narrating their own stories making a lively and unrestrained production that does credit to Hiaasen's sharp satirical imagination.
Assembly @ Assembly Hall, 31 Jul - 25 Aug (not 4, 11), 2.15pm (3.45pm), prices vary, fpp 213
tw rating: 4/5
published: Aug-2008 for Three Weeks newspaper at the Edinburgh Festival