Posted 10 December 2012 - 11:30 PM
It's not bad at all. Shades of Monty Python, Chris Morris, Brecht (and a bite of Proust..)
If you don't like vicious, clever (sometimes too clever? sometimes misanthropic?) satire you'll be left cold.
In the second act both play and production run short on ideas two-thirds of the way through. It could easily be ten minutes shorter.
Main problem here, though, is the decision to put this downstairs, and frame it like an 'important' play, with a stately production, and elaborate designs, making the audience look for a deeper meaning, rather than enjoying the glittering surfaces and disturbing reflections that Crimp wants you to see . Despite the somewhat formal three-act structure, this would have benefited immensely from an intimate, low-fi staging (cabaret/ sketch show style), which would allow a closer rapport for the (excellent) performers and audience, give the audience permission to laugh, and allow the barbs to hit home...
Still, lots of fun, plenty of good Christmas biliousness, well worth seeing.
Hum, hum the happy song....