The Beta Males: Superopolis (3 stars)

The troupe consistently bring a genuine energy and creativity to the performance

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This article is from 2013.

The Beta Males: Superopolis

You don’t have to be a closet sci-fi geek to enjoy ‘Superopolis’ – but it helps. In this well-crafted superheroic sketch comedy the five-piece group start as they mean to go on – with confidence, charm and silliness in equal measure.

The group is made up of John Henry Falle, Jon Gracey, Guy KellyRichard Soames, Adam Blampied and Tom Clarke, and there’s some cracking acting from the lads – a particularly well-executed New York gangster skit, and a dastardly scheme from a not-unfamiliar German villain set the tone. There’s also wry audience interaction, and the troupe consistently bring a genuine energy and creativity to the performance.

In this romp of a sketch show there’s mystery, murder and questionable magic, as well as some poignant moments. The Beta Males undercut the new school of serious superhero film, bringing to the stage some good old-fashioned horseplay (pun intended). However, while there’s no shortage of wit here, there is room to add depth to jokes, which are sometimes in danger of being vacuous and selling the audience short.

Pleasance Dome, 556 6550, until 26 Aug (not 13), 7pm, £9–£11.50 (£8–£10.50).

This article is from 2013.

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