Bitter, broad, ridiculous, and very, very funny, ‘Pretty When I’m Drunk’ is a traditional comic play in the best sense of the phrase. Slacker Joe goes for a night out and ends up being sucked into a dark criminal underworld, never completely comprehending his situation. It’s a good simple caper comedy which, in the middle of the wackiness and surrealism of the Fringe, is a welcome and refreshing change of pace. Yet shows like this don’t work unless the delivery is perfect, and again, ‘Pretty When I’m Drunk’ delivers. The cast is solid, managing to play stereotypes effectively without making them tiresome. It’s far from what you’d expect at the Festival, but that’s all to the good.
theSpace on the Mile, 21 Aug, 1.40pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Katherine Cunningham]