The Trap (4 stars)

  • 21 August 2006

This article is from 2006.

The cult of the self-reflexive comedy show is just getting a bit out of hand. You know the kind of thing, where the comedians come out of character to complain about the show, their careers and those they are sharing a stage with? Noble and Silver built a career around it, Laurence and Gus have been caught in the act this Fringe, and here, The Trap's trio (plus their conspiratorial tech guy) are at it as well with this year's Bad Play.

But the beauty of The Trap is that they very nearly convince us that things are indeed falling apart before our very eyes (and the eyes among us today, celeb spotters, included Scott Capurro, Alex Horne and Sue Perkins). This really is top notch silliness as the story of the Second Coming is told with a very angry Messiah being sprouted in deepest, darkest Bethnal Green. Amid a series of intentional cock-ups and postmodern forays, the screen behind them is utilised in ever ingenious ways to suggest that what we are witnessing is pure farce. And a hysterical one at that. (Brian Donaldson)

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 28 Aug, 3.25pm, 8.50-£9.50 (£7-£8).

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