This show comes with a warning, and from the opening we can see why some people may not want to bring their children We open with a somewhat erotic drumbeat, and a sassy parade from two sexy females who end up having an intimate night in bed together. The writing is daring and comical, and as the four-hander play progresses, through the sometimes slightly confusing storyline, the style certainly appears to be based on Comedia dell’arte.
The first half of the show was paced really well, and some of the comic timings were excellent from all four actors playing the female roles. However the pace dropped in the latter third of the show, and it felt like there needed to be a boost in the energy levels.
The nicely absurd situation these four characters find themselves caught up in, is nicely developed by Nada-Rajah’s comedic writing skills. However pace is a vital element of comedy theatre, and I can’t help but feel the slightly laboured moments in the latter part of the play needed a bit of a kickstart, and picking up of cues.
Pace aside, there were some wonderful moments of excellent comedy from all of the actors, and the reactions to the absurdity of the situations were beautifully executed.
We have no idea how far this will go on the scale of absurd situations, and the further it goes, the more enjoyable it becomes. No animals or children were harmed during the performance of this play, but a few political leaders make take umbrage. The set was impressive and rather clever, with nice use of a revolving door device to quickly change from one scene to the next. Good entertainment and satire.
Exodus, The Traverse Theatre, 10.30, until August 28