Boys & Girls (2 stars)

Boys & Girls

Battle-of-the-sexes sketch show proves too predictable

Tom Worsley and Alice Marshall start their show bounding on stage wearing, respectively, a giant fake cock and pair of tits, dancing about the sauna that is the upstairs of The Mockingbird. Never judge a book by its cover, obviously, but it's not a great start.

Still, Boys & Girls isn't the crass write-off the first minute suggests it could be. If anything, it's a sensitive and occasionally perceptive show; as perceptive an hour as the parameters of 'the war of the sexes' will allow, anyway. Exploring the male vs female relationship through the eyes of royalty, fumbling teenagers and siblings, a lot of what's said rings true.

Worsley and Marshall, with a broader vision, could pull off a wonderful show aimed at anxious teenagers, but the majority of punchlines in Boys & Girls are telegraphed with too many sketches just tailing off unceremoniously. There is a fantastic high point that shows what might have been, a tender set-piece about death and the melancholy of growing old alone, the gravitas broken crudely in a manner that takes you aback. Sadly, for the most part, Boys & Girls goes nowhere fast.

Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird, until 27 Aug (not 14), 10.15pm, free.

Boys & Girls

  • 2 stars

Scarecrow Productions / Free Festival 'Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it' (George Carlin). Original sketch comedy about the different relationships between boys and girls… 'Genuinely ingenious and very funny' (AYoungerTheatre.com). 'Excellent. High energy, fast-paced… a perfectly executed evening…

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