Strong performances from Matt Payton and Michael Blomquist were let down by the uneven script of this character-led sketch show. The admirable versatility displayed during the first few scenes, which saw both men flit quickly between several characters, was demonstrated less and less as the sketches become longer. Protracted speeches such as a diatribe from a school board candidate and characters like blind-dater Jack tarnished other brighter moments such the highly entertaining skit featuring erudite, plotting primary pupils, and indeed, with further development, a whole show could be made from the various wedding speeches. Although they seemed to enjoy their own material, these talented performers deserve more than the faint chuckles their characters raise.
Laughing Horse @ Jekyll & Hyde, 3-26 Aug, 3.05pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Sarah Macartney]