Andrew Ryan - Ryanopoly (2 stars)

This article is from 2012

Andrew Ryan - Ryanopoly

Uneasy, nervous act fails to break the banks

Having worked in a bank, Andrew Ryan knows all the tricks in the book of Getting Your Money, and he knows how to get the humour out of them, too. Many of the funniest moments in this show are borne of his playful sending-up of the rigid application of the rules that govern how insurance salesmen and bank employees can interact with their customers.

But while there are some set pieces that build to lovely crescendos, they’re strung together with waffle that relies too often on being punctuated with Ryan’s cheeky smile to get a laugh. It takes a while before he settles, after some uneasy banter with the crowd, into the subject of his show: money and playing the capitalist system to bring some power back into the hands of the little man – it’s an interesting topic and Ryan is in a position to bring real insight to it, but instead too often makes a virtue of ignorance and skirts around the subject, peppering his speech with nervous repetitions that begin to grate.

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Andrew Ryan: Ryanopoly

  • 2 stars

Irishman Andrew Ryan thinks life is one big board game, but are we rolling the dice? Do we need to take back control of our lives? Andrew explores how money can move us to places we might not want to go in his hilarious and incisive debut show. ‘Utterly brilliant going to be a huge star’ ★★★★ (Time Out). ‘MUST SEE…

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