Pop icon Madonna debuted on the London stage Thursday night in the premiere of Up for Grabs. While Madonna‘s A-list friends in attendance (Sting, Stella McCartney, etc.) gave the Material girl rave reviews and the audience whooped and hollered from the start, the UK critics were not quite as positive about her performance, Reuters reports.
Some of the British reviews quoted by Reuters include:
“Mechanical Girl distorts the message of soft-centered satire.”–The Independent
“Madonna fails to shine.”–the Guardian
“Madonna‘s acting, though it strengthens as the evening progresses, is a bit like her neat little trench coat [that she wears during the play]: pale, wan and lacking in color.”–The Times
“In the final analysis, Madonna strikes me as being about as good as the play–OK but hardly sensational.”–The Daily Telegraph
Still, the play has proven resistant to the critics’ pans. The show is sold out, and tickets are going for 10 times their face value on the black market.