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ED2012 Theatre Review: The Three Faces of Doctor Crippen (FreeRange Productions)

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This rather absurd tale of romance meets gruesome dismemberment follows the notorious murderer Doctor Crippen as he runs from the authorities. The different parts of the doctor’s personality (his public face, his sensitive interior, and his deranged alter-ego) are played by three separate actors who work extremely well together for comic effect. While the plot is simple and at times predictable, the young actors’ enthusiasm is infectious and they work hard to keep the audience engaged. A few of the jokes fall flat but the majority are received well, the scene of the actual murder being a particularly humorous highlight. The ending was a little rushed and disappointing, but on the whole it’s an amusing spectacle featuring some great one-liners.

C, 1-27 Aug (not 16, 17), 9.45pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Lauren Houghton]

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