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I don't know what the title ol the show has to do with anything, perhaps it is an attempt to disguise the tact that this is a student revue. It this is the case then the cast shouldn’t worry too much about being unmasked because this is that rare thing: a GOOD student revue.
The sketches are slick, well-acted and, most importantly at all, relevant. There are jokes about the Mellor alialr the Olympics and Jason Donovan, as well as the usual twenty-somethings’ obsession with “His ephemera. Here are students who have an interest in the outside world and can say something amusing about it. (Frances Cornlord) There’s a guy lives in Nevada swears he's Buddha (Fringe) Durham Revue, Celtic Lodge (Venue 6) 225 7097, until 29 Aug (not Sun), 10.30pm, £3.50 (£3)
I must confess. I thought that sketch-based comedy on the Fringe was the exclusive domain of harshly-potty-trained medics, following-in- the-Footlights Oxb ridge undergrads and Newsrevue.
Not so. Comedy Factory — at least five of whom are old enough to know better — are still churning out skits and songs satirising such popular targets of hatred as Masters of the Universe. suburban commuters, JFK conspiracy theorists and anti-smoking lobbyists.
Even more surprising is that the initially unappealing spectacle of six sweaty chaps in different-coloured T-shirts and mismatched suits proves, in the end, remarkably enjoyable. Yes, a few of the jokes fail to spark, and yes, David Mellor gags were hackneyed before the Fringe even began. But the slickness, verve and energy of the performers. and the strength of most of their material are more than enough to compensate. You‘d hardly
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call it subtle. but compared with the average student revue it‘s positively Chekhovian. (Andrew Burnet)
unsatisfying. (Philip Parr)
I The Lover (Fringe) A &
‘ ETheatre, Chaplaincy
Centre (Venue 23) 650
, 8201 , until 5 Sept (not 25. I Comedy Factory (Fringe)
Pleasance (Venue 33) 556
6550. until 31 Aug(not 27). midnight. £4.50 (£3.50).
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A full house for a show
beginning at 11.30pmin
week zero of the Fringe?
P Something wrong here.
But then you look at the title. you catch a glimpse
of a shell-suit from the I? corner of your eye and you ; realise - they‘re expecting
a stage version ofthe Sinner from Pinner‘s
Oriental romp. aren‘t
They don‘t get it of course. This is Pinter not
Pinner, and while it is all
about sex. and could. with ; afollowingwind.be
= described as sexy. the tale
of marital role-playing to spice up a dull suburban existence does not actually contain any naughty bits.
A & E Theatre - that’s Elana Bacszkowska and Alex Laube — battle against Pinter‘s lengthy pauses and nuclear level explosions from the castle ﬁreworks but they themselves never make sparks ﬂy. It‘s pleasant enough, but rather like the ﬁlm, all a little
: V CABARET
The downstairs ofthe Roxy seems the wrong
; place for this kind oflate : night cabaret. Ittends
toward the seedy while
1 this mixture of song and observation is positively
genteel. Sue Beard plays the piano and sings while Paul Sweatman, well what is it exactly that Paul Sweatman does?
This is a gentle. almost feeble show with nothing in it to shock the frail and elderly but nothing to really wake them up either. Beard is an accomplished singer and pianist but her frame of reference seems curiously antiquated. Her songs are about Surrey housewives. Tupperware parties and Roger Whittaker. Sweatman‘s jokes are about Nerys Hughes and Ralph McTeII. Altogether. the show would be more at home in a hotel piano bar than on the Fringe. (Frances Cornford)
I Only Browsing (Fringe) Sue Beard and Paul Sweatman. The Roxy (Venue 27) 650 8499, until 29 Aug, 10.45pm.£4.5() (£3).
52 The List 21 — 27 August 1992