Loud comedy for twentysomethings
This article is from 2016.
Taking a late night slot at The Underbelly has worked out well for Jude Mack and Eliot Salt's play: its pace and flow of caustic one-liners is ideal for a young crowd with a few drinks in them. There are huge problems with the plot – it hardly exists and revolves around the preparations for a big night out – and the venue swallows large portions of the speeches. However, the cast's relentless energy, enthusiasm and bravado pushes the action along from one punchline to the next.
There is little in the way of character development or, more crucially, the sexual chemistry that drives the tentative relationship between Jack (Julian Mack) and Jenny (Robyn Wilson). Every character has a similar wise-cracking, neurotic manner – although Jack and Jenny are noticeably less sexually confident. Problems are introduced and resolved rapidly, forcing the pace as new elements are introduced.
However, the ensemble are winning, despite their characters being irritatingly self-obsessed. They get the best out of the jokes and when a scene or sub-plot fails to ignite hilarity, there is another one to replace it. Whether there is mileage in the show away from the laugh demanding audiences of the Fringe is moot: Predrinks work best as the start of a rowdy night out.
Underbelly Cowgate, until 28 Aug, £9–£10 (£8–£9).