Review: Bitch Boxer

Holden Street Theatres – The Studio, Saturday, February 15

21-year-old Chloe Jackson (down-to-earth Leytonstone lass and Olympic aspirant) has found herself at the proverbial crossroads. The ultimate worth of her lifelong dedication to her dream is being tested by the full force of heartbreak and grief. Holly Augustine gives a passionate, utterly believable performance as Chloe, as she grapples with two significant emotional upheavals. From within the gym, she tells her story as she runs, skips and spars her way to an Olympic qualification bout. Chloe’s tale is written and delivered with feeling. Charlotte Josephine’s acclaimed play is an entertaining slice of a different life, exploring themes that, despite the uncommon situation, are familiar to many. It doesn’t try too hard to be profound, funny or provocative, and therein lies the key to its accomplishment. Bitch Boxer draws the audience in to Chloe’s world: triumph and tragedy, love and loss, pain and pleasure. A ringside seat is recommended. Rating: **** Bitch Boxer continues at Holden Street Theatres – The Studio until Sunday, March 16. *This review also appears on Rip It Up

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