What is the story about?
Thanks to a phone-hacking scandal, numerous compromising photos of Suzie Pickles, a former child star, tumble out in the media and bring her life crashing down. The show chronicles her life as she undergoes the eight stages of grief and attempts to put her life back together.
Piper is clearly the star. As Suzie, she undergoes the entire gamut of emotions ranging from psychotic rage to unbridled grief, with a touch of hilarity. Leila Farzad is in smashing form as Naomi, who watches Piper with a strange mix of adoration, quizzicality and empathy. Daniel Engs plays the bone-headed Cob with a certain hesitant flourish. The rest of the casts are spectacular too.
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The real genius of Tim Sidell and Luke Bryant's camerawork is the way they frame tight closeups of Suzie to convey her grief. Together with Alison Dominitz's production design, they create a claustrophobic aura around Suzie, as she feels the walls close in on her existence
The bawdy humour and Piper's performance are the major highlights. The scene where Cob screams at Suzie, asking who she slept with, is both hilarious and sad at the same time.
Obviously, a show like this cannot be watched with family. That's the only drawback in what is otherwise a finely-written show.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
Of course. Look past the “nakedness” of this entire enterprise, and you will be rewarded with surprising—and heartbreaking—insights about how society tends to demonize female sexuality.