Good Kids (2 stars)

This article is from 2015

Good Kids

Overindulgent effort with dearth of quality material

The Good Kids are two chummy Brummies from Oxford University. As we enter their show we're greeted with enthusiasm, hugs and handshakes and we're off to an amiable if over-friendly start which then tips over into irritation as they throw around sweets, offer fizzy drinks and literally start swinging from the rafters.

When the show eventually begins, we have a series of disparate sketches framed around the pair pretending to bicker with each other. From this framework, it's clear the duo have an easy chemistry, and they display a somewhat endearing sparkiness from their repartee.

However, few of the sketches illicit more than the faintest of chuckles and most of them linger for far too long. After a while it feels like the hour has long since passed, and it's easy to assume the time dilation is caused by the interminable final few skits, played to silence for an agonising length of time (including an unforgivable piece where one of the actors crouches in pretend embarrassment, explaining he's been left on stage with nothing to do). When we're finally released, we discover the show has overrun by almost 20 minutes. With such a dearth of quality material, this overindulgence is inexcusable.

Just the Tonic at The Mash House, 226 0000, until 23 Aug, 10.20pm, £6–£8.

Good Kids

  • 2 stars

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