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ED2012 Comedy Review: The One Hour Plays (Matey Institute)

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The One Hour Plays sees a new ten-minute production being scripted on stage each day by a gypsy comedy troupe. The energetic director, Brendan, gathers audience suggestions for all aspects of the play including genre, era, character names and occupations. It’s a clever concept and the logistics behind the show are fantastic; costumes are made on stage, and props are constructed by the audience, who also select the musical score. Sadly, it all seemed to drag a bit, as the first fifty minutes were taken up with establishing what would happen in the final ten minutes, and the actual ten minute play was rushed through, and therefore nonsensical. It’s a shame to see such a great idea translated into a broadly mediocre production.

Underbelly Cowgate, 2-26 Aug (not 14), 2.20pm
tw rating 3/5 | [Emma Obank]


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