Relationships are never simple and cannot be grasped by those from the outside. Thrill Me examines one of these complex affairs, the relationship of two friends, close friends, who become infamous partners in crime. This is the story of psychopath Richard Loeb and his devoted lover Nathan Leopold, the ‘thrill killers’ from Chicago in 1924.
Two wealthy, seemingly normal, law students connected by their own search for pleasure. This is a pleasure for love, pleasure for crime, pleasure for murder. No matter what it is, when it turns into an obsession, it measures no consequences. With the idea that they were superior, above good and evil, ‘Superman’ as described by the philosophy of Nietzsche, Loeb plans the ‘perfect crime’ to fulfil his need for thrill. But he requires the help from Nathan, while Nathan needs Richard to fulfil his sexual thrill.
This is an award-winning musical by Stephen Dolginoff which is brilliantly executed by director Guy Retallack. Jye Frasca, the original Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys, has a unique voice that fits beautifully with the role of Leopold. This is equally a superb showcase performance from George Maguire as Loeb.
After a successful season at the Tristan Bates Theatre, Thrill Me is sure to thrill and is now showing until 11th June at the Charing Cross Theatre.
**** (4 stars)