Overly Dramatic (Treading The Boards #1) Rebecca Cohen
Author: Rebecca Cohen
Length: 41,081 words
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Andy Marshall moves to London looking for a fresh start after breaking up with his long-term boyfriend. To stave off boredom from his day job as an accountant and to meet new people, Andy joins a local amateur dramatics society called the Sarky Players based in Greenwich, South London.
Despite his best efforts to avoid it, Andy is cast as one of the leads in a truly dreadful play called Whoops, Vicar, There Goes My Trousers, written by a local playwright.
The play might be bad, but the Sarky Players are a friendly bunch. Andy quickly makes new friends and finds himself attracted to Phil Cormack, a local artist helping with the props. But life doesn’t run to a script, so Andy and Phil will have to work hard to improvise their own happy ending.
This is book one of Rebecca Cohen’s Treading the Boards series. Overly Dramatic is the type of story you read when you want to just have a good time and enjoy reading. See, I was a huge theater nerd in high school. I directed, stage managed, and acted in the plays and musicals. So this story was such a treat for me.
Andy just broke up with his boyfriend of 4 years because he was cheated on. Yeah we already want to hug Andy right from the beginning. What I loved most about Andy was the fact that even though he had some self-doubt about himself, because who wouldn’t after being cheated on, he didn’t let it rule him. He started his new job, embraced new people, went out when asked, made new friends, and joined an Amateur Theater club and became part of an absurd play.
When he meets Phil, who is also sore from a breakup, he refuses to let Phil jerk him around with his own self-doubt. He gives Phil a chance but when he falls apart he doesn’t hide and drink, he gets back up and keeps going. Don’t hate on Phil give him a second chance… Andy does.
That was my favorite part. Andy’s strength. Now it was also hilarious and the actors were dramatic and chaotic. I mean there’s a cat fight, a ridiculous play, all sorts of romance, and an ensemble that is built up beautifully.
This is the start of a great series.
REBECCA COHEN is a Brit abroad. Having swapped the Thames for the Rhine, she has left London behind and now lives with her husband and young son in Basel, Switzerland. She can often be found with a pen in one hand and a cup of Darjeeling in the other.
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