Nathan Dean Williams
Twisted pick ‘n’ mix
This article is from 2011.
A clown accidentally sending a child into anaphylactic shock. A bullied teacher forcing chocolate cake into the mouth of a sex doll he calls ‘mummy’. A put-upon husband dressing up like Velma from Scooby Doo to meet the demands of his dominatrix wife. These are just a few of the monologues that Nathan Dean Williams has crammed into his hour of dark comedy from the very fringes of bad taste.
Every scatty costume change brings with it a wave of disgusted giggles as Williams transforms from man to woman and back again. The initial laughs as each character is revealed make up the best bits of this rollercoaster show as, after just a few minutes, every one of Williams’ weirdos manages to outstay his or her welcome.
The performance is more than shambolic, it’s deranged, and lacks the jokes that would help the audience to not mind being covered in cake and spit. Some well-chosen turns of phrase, and one exceptional performance of the dance routine from Beyoncé’s ‘Girls’, rescue a show that otherwise takes League of Gentleman-style creepiness to unnecessary extremes.
The Store, 556 5375, until 28 Aug (not 16), 8pm, £6.50–£7.50 (£5–£6).