Originally written for StageWon, August 2012. Edinburgh Fringe. (http://stagewon.co.uk/news/view/edinburgh-the-25th-annual-putnam-county-spelling-bee-c-august2012/)
Melissa Rynn reviews The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at C.
As StageWon’s resident language obsessive, I’ve always harboured secret dreams of taking part in a spelling bee; a place were obsessive nerdism is rewarded and it’s cool to be cultured. While The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee at C Venues has positively quashed my dreams of ever entering one (it became swiftly apparent that my spelling skills just aren’t quite up to it), the piece did remind me of just how fun theatre can be in a sweeping hour of laughs, tears, and an awful lot of long-winded words.