"American who totally gets irony!"
by Rachel Knightley for remotegoat on 15/08/15

Alexis Wieroniey does not just get her audience onside, she gets them. The set begins by establishing an apparently ditsy American who doesn’t realise how un-British her voice, accent, thoughts and mannerisms point her out to be. The gags are good, the timing is excellent, but something much more subtle is going on under the persona.

The real story, which this show brings right across without ever spelling it out, is the celebration of individuality. Alexis feels “totes British” but is still being asked after ten years of residency “So, Alexis, how are you finding it?” Well, ten years of anyone’s life have ups and downs... More to the point, Wieroniey’s impressions of both sides of the Atlantic show how easily she could have changed her accent if she wanted to. Instead, she’s had the courage not to compromise on who she is.

Wieroniey is a strong, smart and spirited performer who not only laughs intelligently at herself but at the rest of us in a voice we warm to. Her story is not just about “totally acing” the citizenship test and learning to apologise for everything: it’s also about fear. You don’t have to fill in forms at the American embassy to feel like an alien walking around London; you can be London born and bred and still feel just as alien among people who seem to have done the things you should have done with your life by now – a feeling that does translate perfectly from one side of the pond to the other. She’s unafraid of speaking awkward and embarrassing truths and is funny and brave in the face of vulnerability. Wieroniey’s assured performance created what she claimed – an American’s guide to being British – but also managed to be a comedy on modern Britain and the human condition. It’s hard to imagine who the show wouldn’t appeal to and no doubt she has more diverse subject matter up her sleeve for next time.

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