Padgett plays throughout as he delicately weaves together three storylines.
By Ben Blyth
Chase Padgett: Lucky Break is an autobiographical new work from a seasoned Fringe performer. Building on the success of previous shows such as Fringe smash-hit Six Guitars, Padgett’s new work turns the dial inwards to examine a difficult year in his life spent in the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is Hollywood, California. An expert guitar player with a soulful voice, Padgett plays throughout as he delicately weaves together three storylines that include caring for his Trump-supporting mother who has been bewitched by the right-wing rhetoric of Fox News. The show treads a fine line between self-reflection and indulgence, and the wide-ranging musical interludes are certainly welcome in helping to break up the narrative. While Hollywood may not have worked out for Padgett, however, he has turned the experience into a reflective and enjoyable hour of Fringe theatre.