Tales From The Blackjack (2 stars)

This article is from 2010.

Tales From The Blackjack

Following three people’s descent into addiction

There’s a moving story to be told about how compulsive gambling ruins people’s lives, but this one-man show, told by the croupier of a casino and following three people’s descent into addiction, isn’t it. Despite a powerhouse (if at times slightly overacted) performance by Alex Moran as the Puckish, amoral man behind the cards, the script naively mistakes bleak nastiness, racism, homophobia and misogyny for black comedy, losing its soul in the process.

C Central, 0845 260 1234, until 30 Aug, 8.30pm, £8.50–£10.50 (£7.50–£9.50).

Tales from the Blackjack

  • 2 stars

Hold tight to your seats as you are taken at breakneck speed through the mysterious and mesmerising world of the Casino. A straight-talking Glaswegian croupier introduces three exhilarating accounts of life inside the four walls of the gambling superhighway, stripping away the glitz and glamour to reveal a harsh reality…


1. MuseK2015 Aug 2010, 12:01pm4 stars Tales From The Blackjack Report

This review couldn't be more wrong. After seeing 'Tales from the Blackjack' on two seperate occasions I feel Morans acting could not be faulted. The script is typical of the casino market and where as to some people this can be seen as simple, to me after working in that Market myself I see that these characters are very true to ones found in a casino. This production is a one man show so big character shifts are required and I feel Moran does this seamlessly and creates a very powerful world for the audience to be easily to be drawn into.

2. silverwolf15 Aug 2010, 7:12pm4 stars Tales From The Blackjack Report

This is an amazing show with a very strong performance by Alex Moran. I agree with MuseK20 that while the people presented here may not be deep or meaningful they are fun, exciting and funny. It won an award for best production! Yes the performance is sometimes a little quick but this adds to the fevered and on the edge nature of the show.

You have clearly mistaken expressing your own personal dislike for something as a review. Oh well we all make mistakes....

Everyone should check it our and make their own minds up. I loved it when I saw it as did the other 20 people.

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