Andy Barr: Tropic of Admin
- Marissa Burgess
- 17 August 2017
This article is from 2017
Skilfully constructed anarchic nonsense of a superior brand
We're in trouble, there's turbulence and the plane is going down. The air hostess doesn't look too worried but her skirt's badly fitting, so she's probably got other things to worry about. No, that's it, too late, we're all dead … Welcome to Andy Barr's show: or should that be desert island, a place governed by the image of Richard Wilson on a beach ball and a crazy school administrator called Andy. What to do? Catalogue coconuts that's what. Plus there's a surprise appearance from a Hollywood starlet.
With its graphic costume changes and a load of shabby props, this is exactly what you should expect from a late-night Fringe show. There are many asides about how many this played to last night (just five) and pointing out that a sound effect is a bit rubbish. But amid all the self-deprecation (which of course is funny in itself) and the anarchic nonsense, there are some skilfully written and delivered lines. On top of all that, Barr's comic timing and gestures are impeccable. For someone in admin, the man has funny bones. For all its oddball shenanigans, it has to be said it still makes far more sense than the entire six seasons of Lost.
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