Thursday 16 August 2012 | By Adam Bloodworth
ED2012 Theatre Review: Flames Over New Jersey (Double Edge Drama)
This funny and poignant piece is a cynical but romantic look at 1930s American Jazz Club culture; incorporating the nation’s favourite clichés into a charming hour of theatre. The Double Edge group’s youth discuss speakeasies, girls and alcohol in amongst some delightfully rompy jazz which has all the swing of a fairground ride in the height of summer. Here’s the thing: the music is actually pretty good; the eight-piece jazz band could feasibly perform their own show. The acting is impressive, too, as the cast recount the story of a Jazz Club and the traumas it encounters, including problems introduced by prohibition and the subsequent ill-dealings of a club owner who refuses to know where to draw the line. A delightfully interactive and vibrant experience.
Underbelly Cowgate, 1-18 Aug, 6.20pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Adam Bloodworth]