Review: Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist

Tilda Co
Assembly George Square – until August 26th
4 Stars (4 / 5)

There is really nothing more to be said. If one is not intrigued by the show’s title, which is also the show’s premise, which is, literally, the entire show, then it is perhaps best to attend another show.¬†Tilda Swinton Answers an Ad on Craigslist¬†already sounds like it is going to be hilariously stupid, ironically pretentious and over-the-top mindless entertainment. Indeed, the show lives up to its name.

Tom Lenk’s portrayal of Tilda Swinton is nothing at all like the real Tilda Swinton, which could possibly be why his performance is so damn good. He hams up the eccentricity, parodies theatre warm-ups and milks a posh accent to the delight of audiences. While he embodies this larger-than-life celebrity with such gusto, it is also partly due to how superbly the character is written by Byron Lane. Lane also plays Walt, whose apartment Swinton has moved into in order to study an ordinary human specimen for her next great film, which she predicts will guarantee her a second Oscar.

Both of them truly carry the show along with supporting actors Mark Jude Sullivan and Jayne Entwistle. From start to finish, audiences are wrapped around Lenk’s Swinton’s alabaster thumb as she swishes and snaps about in an outfit that is ludicrously appropriate for… anything, really, if you’re Tilda Swinton.