Sad Faces Remember It Differently
Comedy foursome turn frowns upside down with slick, fun show
This article is from 2012.
This is a blissfully timed show from comedy foursome Sad Faces, who have capitalised on Fringe success with their own BBC7 radio series in the past. It's a punchy beginning: we're hurtled into the Sad Faces' flat, where the four are having a ferocious argument. But they all recall the events leading up to the fight differently - so we're treated to impeccably choreographed flashbacks of the build-up, from each person's perspective.
Each casts her/himself as the hero and the action draws on a range of dramatic styles, from film noir to musicals. It's testament to the professionalism of Sad Faces that despite the multiple plot strands, they never get tangled up. It's slick, well-rehearsed stuff backed up by strong material that comes thick and fast.
But though the pace never lags, it loses something at the end, the culmination of the argument not quite living up to what went before it. There's also an over-reliance on shouting in some scenes to generate laughs. Still, it's a fun show performed with real skill by Sad Faces - leaving their audience's faces anything but.
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