The Boom Jennies: Mischief
Great chemistry hampered by a poor script
This article is from 2012.
The Boom Jennies are three accomplished performers with great chemistry and good timing. What lets them down here are a poor script and weak punchlines.
Each sketch features three middle class women blustering around and politely remonstrating with one another. Scenes involve mothers at the school gates discussing their overachieving children, the perils of internet dating, the trials of mountaineering, and a woman affably confronting a ghost. Not only is there very little to distinguish between the performers but there is almost no characterisation, and the over-familiarity quickly becomes tiresome.
A calamitous hen party raises a few laughs and the triplet have managed to crowbar in a timely Fifty Shades of Grey gag. Unfortunately, none of the sketches amount to much before a blackout apologetically signals a transition. A gag involving an incompetent hairdresser looks like it might be heading somewhere before being stopped dead in its tracks. And the whole thing finishes on such a damp squib that one of the girls had to explain, 'that really is it.'
Pleasance Dome, 556 5375, until 26 Aug (not 13), 10.45pm, £10--£12 (£9--£11).