All I knew about Nell Gwynn (and I’m British-born) was that she was the saucy mistress to one of the Kings named Charles back in the good old days. After experiencing Ryan J-W Smith’s slapstick theater in verse, I now know she was a very wicked wench who romped with more than her share of blue-blooded royals. Still, the message is clear – Nell really was quite a pretty, if not necessarily witty, Bad Girl, as portrayed lustily by Melanie Johnson.
What I didn't like
Not to give away the surprises Ryan J-W has in store, my only gripe is that the cavernous theater space, and the rapid-fire pace of rhyming dialogue, made it hard to hear what anyone – Nell or her many comical lovers – were actually saying.