Dates at the Speed of Sound (1 star)

Lands

Lazy stereotypes, obvious jokes and a lack of coherence

While the actors do their best, the short play by John Lundsten that begins the evening is inconsequential and overly polite. Revolving around a couple of dates in a restaurant, it lacks any dramatic tension, characterisation or coherence. It feels all the more old fashioned because it is part of Summerhall's programme, a venue with a reputation for challenging performance: Dates comes across as an out-take from a 1970s TV comic drama. It's twee, the jokes are obvious, the scenario bland and the characters are lazy stereotypes.

After the play, there is a speed dating session – having watched vaguely awkward romantic encounters, the audience gets to experience several for themselves. At least this spares the actors the humiliation of presenting another quirky episode from Lundsten.

Summerhall, until 27 Aug, 7.45pm, £12 (£10).

Dates – At the Speed of Sound!

  • 1 star

Ace-Production / From Start to Finnish From Helsinki, a brand-new speed-dating concept for theatre lovers! First relax, enjoying one of two sparkling comedies about first dates in restaurants from prolific Finnish screenwriter John Lundsten. Then participate in a session of super-sonic, high-energy, low-risk…

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