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.

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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…