Review: I Loved Lucy

Sandra Dickinson and Matthew Bunn in I Loved Lucy photo: Scott Rylander

Sandra Dickinson and Matthew Bunn in I Loved Lucy – photo: Scott Rylander

A gay man’s attachment to his idol. A star whose fame is slipping away. Loneliness. Rejection. These are the themes on show in I Loved Lucy, a two-hander based on Lee Tannen’s autobiography, which recounts his friendship with the American actress and comedienne Lucille Ball in the last decade of her life. Currently playing at the Jermyn Street Theatre it stars Sandra Dickinson as Ball and Matthew Bunn as Tannen.

Whilst the acting is impressive, Dickinson’s Ball in particular, the play lacks drive, and although it picks up in the second half, important details of Ball’s life are overlooked. There is a good play to be written about Ball’s life, and perhaps a more in depth study on when her stardom fades. But sadly this only skims the surface.

I Loved Lucy runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 27 February.

Clayton Littlewood

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