A-Team – The Musical (2 stars)

This article is from 2009.

A-Team – The Musical

DIY nostalgia for fans of the original

There’s a cute, homespun feel to the cardboard props, hand-held backdrops and plywood vehicles of Joss Bennathan’s production, from a playful bit of tongue-in-cheek 1980s nostalgia by Gareth Kane. That said, it might need more material to fully take wing.

Formatted like an episode of the programme – in which a female shopkeeper in a small town is menaced by a local thug and his sons, then rescued by the A-Team – the piece intersperses the action with knowing observation, slapstick and song. But humour that points up the original show’s lack of PC credentials – the idea of no one dying whatever the violence of the events depicted and the inevitable construction of armoured vehicles from implausible bric-a-brac – is simply telling us what we already know.

Not all the performances are of the same quality, but John Dorney’s Boss Hogg figure is wittily observed and well sung, and fitting all of the action on a tiny stage with poor sightlines is something of an achievement. This is one for fans of the show, who’ll appreciate its characters’ in-jokes, but not for all tastes.

Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, until 31 Aug 2009, 5.30pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

A-Team - The Musical

  • 2 stars

In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. Now they're back. Hannibal, BA, Face, Murdock. With guns, explosives and power ballads. 'Ingenious' (Stage) 'Fabulous' (Chortle.co.uk). Warning: nobody dies.

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