Alpha Males (4 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Alpha Males

Savage indictment of brutish blokes

Last year, our introduction to Victor Legit ended in a shocking explosion of abrasive violence. This time around, the finale from the slightly corrupt but quick-thinking officer of FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) occurs in similarly gory fashion, though revealing exactly how would be giving away a dramatic climax to this spot-on character show. Victor shares stage time this year with a series of seriously flawed chaps, all of whom are experiencing dark crises of confidence with their maleness having been rocked to the core. There's the former boy band icon now in his 40s but still pathetically trying to live the dream; a big game hunter in despair; a late-night TV quiz host spiralling towards purgatory.

But the ones who work best are the malevolently muscle-bound Victor, and Connor Connorson, an Aussie barman and ritualistic sex pest who shakes a cocktail and causes a stir with his audience participation. Behind all these rubbish men is Adam Riches, whose sublime writing and acting prove that, unlike his tragic creations, he's a man firmly on the rise.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 25 Aug, 2.10pm, £8.50–£9.50 (£7–£8).

Alpha Males

  • 4 stars

Savage indictment of brutish blokes from Adam Riches. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.


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