THEATRE REVIEW | Geo Wyeth AKA Novice Theory20th July 2012
Perched atop an Ikea coffee table playing a battered old Casio in nothing but his underwear is the curious ball of nervous energy that is Geo Wyeth.
The 27 year old, female to male transexual hailing from New York is an oddity and a beautiful one at that. He takes us on his musical journey which is amusingly macabre and startlingly honest.
Within ten minutes he has the audience enveloped in plastic sheeting, sounds kinky, but it was one of the most beautiful, surreal moments in theatre; as he engaged the audience in wafting the sheeting above their heads – saying: “We’re in the tent of love now, quick touch the person’s face next you… It’s all okay in the tent of love.” And with that, any awkwardness the audience may have initially felt, disappears and over the next hour, we fall in love with Geo Wyeth.
Strewn across the stage is an eclectic mix of instruments including his famed Accordion (for which he had to pay the extra baggage) on which is played arguably his most famous song, which was featured on Later With Jools Holland. Personally I’ve never heard a Casio keyboard sound so enchanting, but Wyeth’s unpretentious songwriting and delivery is spell binding, a palpable energy ripples through the audience.
What makes Geo Wyeth a stand out performer is his simplicity and his school boy charm. We are seeing a musical Peter Pan building his own world, playing with his toy box and we’re on the journey with him. He’s playing with us. It’s exciting, unexpected and captivating.
Geo Wyeth plays the Soho Theatre until the 21st July for full listing visit:
Soho Theatre Box office: 020 7478 0100