Robin (A One-Man Comedy) (3 stars)

This article is from 2013

Robin (A One-Man Comedy)

Adam Drake gives fully committed performance of sheer absurdity

For the last few years Adam Drake has been playing around with a revolving cast of various characters and scenarios and innovative structuring that brings them all together for maximum impact. This year, his show takes place in a provincial TV studio with 'Robin' narrating the continuity announcements between acting out imaginary scenarios. The scenes range from an STD clinic to a regional soap opera with more histrionics than EastEnders.

The ginger-topped tornado of sweat and derangement can't be faulted for lack of enthusiasm. Drake's fully committed performances and the sheer absurdity of some of the skits wring a few laughs but it feels as if he is reaping too little reward for so much effort.

Over half-way into the proceedings the pace begins to falter as Drake starts to repeat some of the sketches, and a sense of impatience at sitting through the same material twice is palpable. However, something magical happens in the repetition, and he manages to transform the sketches by exposing hidden depths, somehow managing to make all the nonsense make sense. It's a long wait for the pay-off, but it's worth it.

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Robin (A One-Man Comedy)

  • 3 stars

Getting Into Grips. Words cannot begin to describe this thing that is funny. Robin is an exciting new one-man show in two acts. Bending sheer comic lunacy into a tautly binding structure, Robin places our hapless hero at the centre of a one-man farce in which everything goes right. Sort of. 'Had the audience in stitches.