O Jackie ★★★✰✰
O Jackie, set in the 1960s tells the story of Jackie Kennedy’s marriage to Aristotle Onassis and the people involved in the background. Showing at Barons court theatre, I thought the director did well with the small space he was working with, the stage was already set up and there was a wedding atmosphere.
The show starts with John Wyatt coming on stage looking for Rebecca Storm played by Faye Maughan, a reporter from the BBC to cover the wedding, Wyatt played by Jake Eiseman-Renyard gives the ‘exclusive’ to Storm about the wedding and Onassis’s mistresses. I felt that Eiseman-Renyard wasn’t engaging the reporter in his tale as much as he should have been but informing the audience instead, I was confused as to who he was meant to be talking too.
The issue I had with this show was the accents, the first ones being Costas Gavro, a director and film producer played by Dennis Farrin and Stephanie Carrington, Onassis’s PA, the two were talking about Marilyn Monroe and Onassis. Costas, being of Greek origin naturally had a greek accent, however, just like Carrington’s European accent, it kept breaking into English, as did Onassis’s accent.
The story at the wedding, however was great, with Onassis two mistress being present, Maria Callas (Natlia Ambrosia) and Carrington, you could see the anger and hated in Jackie Kennedy’s eyes, played by Sara Figueiredo, Sara did well to show the anger and hatred for these women but yet she remained calm and collected when the three ladies were talking on stage about the wedding, Jackie Kennedy kept her class, and Sara did well to do this.
During the wedding, Costos made a speech about Onassis about how he had everything and everyone, and just like Kennedy's feelings towards to mistresses you could hear and see the jealousy and hated towards the man. I didn’t understand Maria’s speech in the middle of it and I felt she over used her arms, to me, it looked awkward.
This show had it’s up’s and down’s but it did well in showing the contrast between all characters, it showed the misery of Jackie Kennedy once JFK died and how she tried to deal with it. ‘
The first time you marry, it’s for love, the second time ... money’ - Figueiredo as Jackie Kennedy.
The actors did an amazing job with such a small place they were given. The story line was great but my only issue was the accents, work on those and this look into Kennedy’s past would have been near flawless.
O Jackie is currently playing at Barons Court Theatre until the 4th March