Casablanca – The Gin Joint Cut (Gilded Balloon / Tron Theatre)
By Olivia Sleet | Published on Monday 20 August 2012
The actors are talented, the accents authentic and the format original; so why isn’t this show more enjoyable? Prior to today I was largely unaware of the story of ‘Casablanca’ – and following today, I’m still unclear about what actually happens. Indeed, this is the show’s fundamental flaw; even it doesn’t know what it is. It seeks to be parody, homage and new interpretation all at once, and as an audience it is impossible to form the right emotions in time. The acting itself is convincing and stylised, but it is the show’s structure and writing, as it stutters from incomplete scene to incomplete scene, that creates palpable atmospheric confusion – perhaps one for only the most ardent Bogart fans.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 3-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 5.15pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Olivia Sleet]