Unlike their criminal counterparts, Max and Ivan are staggeringly professional. The pair performed this epic sketch narrative centred on the final hustle of six con artists with nothing more than a couple of well-chosen special effects and their own sweat and blood (nearly all of it imaginary). Although it teetered on the verge of outright hilarity almost constantly, it was a bit too slick to actually fall over the edge, a fact which was more than made up for by the incredibly well-constructed plot and the creation of enough in-jokes and reference points in the hour to form a miniature comic universe. It was a pleasure to be a witness to this masterminded subterfuge.
Pleasance Courtyard, 1-27 Aug (not 14), 3.30pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Rachel Aroesti]