Two to Tangle

  • 14 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

As a piece of mimed theatre, the distinction between the work of the writer and that of the director is destined to be ambiguous. Formatted as a series of scenes exploring the relationship of two foppish lovers who romance and squabble, the concept of the piece boasts an endearing old-fashioned Parisian flavour that harks back to the genre of the Commedia del Arte. However, the simple charm of the writing is scuppered by the inexperience of the performers who lapse clumsily between poor mime and naturalism. Despite being peppered with clever ideas, the narratives within each scene never deviate from traditional expectation, which makes the piece conventionally charming rather than strikingly innovative. (Eiriona Jackson)

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