Set in 1966, Ringo Starr (Brett Wolfenden), Paul McCartney (Karl Sarsfield), John Lennon (Kashmir Sinnamon) and George Harrison (Troy Larkin) are backstage drinking scotch and contemplating their next moves in the music industry. John has writer's block, is struggling to come up with new lyrics and wants the band's music to be more politically motivated. George is deeply angry with John for sleeping with his girlfriend Sally and is at a crossroads with the band. Paul is continually optimistic and happy to continue down the same road which made The Beatles a success. Ringo is quietly ruminating in his own thoughts.
As the night wains on, the band starts to argue – firstly about their musical direction, then about whether their music is pure shallow entertainment or art. George is worried about the rise of The Beach Boys in the United States and John seems nonplussed by their success.
George chides Paul for writing music to make money, and eventually fight breaks out and after vigorous discussions about cheating girlfriends, drugs and John's narcissistic tendencies, the band decides to split.
Produced by Bitten By Productions and directed by Gregory Caine, this is a well written and researched play, superbly cast and acted, adorned with convincing Beatles hair, sideburns, noses and Liverpool accents. The fight choreography is particularly impressive on the small stage of The Butterfly Club.
The only disappointing part is there is no music - not a quiver of a Beatles song in this production, neither hummed nor strummed. There are spoken references to the songs 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' and 'We Can Work It Out' but it seemed strange 'The Boys' did not have at least one guitar or even a pitch pipe between them. This may be due to copyright or royalty laws prohibiting the performance of The Beatles music, but it is rare to see a band of musicians drinking and smoking without their instruments close by.
We Can Work It Out
However, if you are a die-hard lover of The Beatles, you will just have to see this show, as unlike many other bands, they will never make a comeback.