The Boom Jennies: Mischief (2 stars)

This article is from 2012

The Boom Jennies: Mischief

Great chemistry hampered by a poor script

The Boom Jennies are three accomplished performers with great chemistry and good timing. What lets them down here are a poor script and weak punchlines.

Each sketch features three middle class women blustering around and politely remonstrating with one another. Scenes involve mothers at the school gates discussing their overachieving children, the perils of internet dating, the trials of mountaineering, and a woman affably confronting a ghost. Not only is there very little to distinguish between the performers but there is almost no characterisation, and the over-familiarity quickly becomes tiresome.

A calamitous hen party raises a few laughs and the triplet have managed to crowbar in a timely Fifty Shades of Grey gag. Unfortunately, none of the sketches amount to much before a blackout apologetically signals a transition. A gag involving an incompetent hairdresser looks like it might be heading somewhere before being stopped dead in its tracks. And the whole thing finishes on such a damp squib that one of the girls had to explain, 'that really is it.'

Pleasance Dome, 556 5375, until 26 Aug (not 13), 10.45pm, £10--£12 (£9--£11).

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Riotous sketch comedy from this critically acclaimed, feel-good fun confederacy. Late night, party style and jam-packed with jokes and silliness. Stars of BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, these girls radiate so much energy you'll need sunglasses. 'A high quality all-female sketch group … a big future' (Guardian). 'Delightfully…

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