three characters argue the

I entertainment. This show

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In this mid-West cracker- barrel horror story. the settlement of (ireentown (l93()s) is visited by a demonic circus. Ray Bradbury mixes the literary voices of pre-war America. a literary fixation whose filmic equivalent is Vietnam. coming tip with wonderfully improbable lines and cabin-fevered characters. Steinbeck gone Pythonesque. However. this is a piece that requires a specific brand of bad acting to make it glimmer. the cast tries but can't deliver. The last scene. where a couple of verses of ‘Camptown Races‘ vanquishes Beelzebub. is a clincher that comes too late. In the end. Bradbury is taking the piss out of old literary



The Tokyo Shock Boys swallow aviation fuel, Jim Rose eats lightbulbs, but the biggest freak of the (

Fringe is lypsinka.

(S)he consumes entire genres of film and drags them venomously sneering and scratching with sharpened blood- red nails from their mid-afternoon nightmare. (S)he comes from a place where schmooze gums up the remote on the cable net of planet B-movie and the only good man is one in a dress. 3

Lypsinka is spanking clean Doris Day, bitch from hell Joan Crawford and every glossy sex goddess from Harlow

to Monroe. (Rory Weller)

lypsinlta: life on planet B-movie

The Fabulous Lypsinka Show (Fringe) Assembly Rooms (Venue 3) 226 2428, until 3 Sept, 7.30pm, 28/519 627/“).

(Venue 45) 557 6696. 24. 27. H Aug. 3 Sept. 7pm. £5.


Fuelled by hate. the demonic (‘ount (‘enci plots the downfall and incarceration of his family. His craving for immortality reaches

Cruelty. this is a compelling meditation on what it means to be truly honest in a world bound by hypocritical morality. The narrative is illustrated by fluid choreography. and is acted with a dynamic intensity that snarls and sneers at love. death and the whole damn thing with a devotion verging on passion. (Neil



a retrospective of ten summers in Edinburgh

has little in common with the fare on offer in the comedy triangle. but it is fresh and clever enough to win over all but the most post-alternative of audiences.

Resplendent in tartan.

, they canter through a

selection of songs that encompass the cultural icons of the past decade: Aled Jones. Delia Smith. Margaret Thatcher. and Lisa-Marie Presley. Their lyrics have an intelligence and bite that will ensure this duo enjoy sell-out crowds well into their second decade. (Justin McKenzie Smith)

I Kit and The Widow - A Splendidly Hung Retrospective (Fringe) Kit and The Widow. The Cafe Royal (Venue 47) 556 2549. until Sept 3. 7.l5pm (Aug 25-30. 6pm). £7.50 (£6).


, 1943 CLASSIC B & W

point that ‘just because

it‘s old and black and

white doesn‘t mean it's a


I found myself wondering. ‘Can a play written entirely with cliches be this funny?’ (Wes Shrum)

I 1943 Classic 8 & W (Fringe) Bare Necessities. Greyfriars Kirk House (Venue 28) 225 3626. until 3 Sept. 6.45pm. £5 (£4).


lfyou care to look

through Union's Dance Coloured Glasses you ' ll see a multi-racial company who dance a contemporary/jau/hip hop fusion with street- suss and style. Unfortunately. it's only Jacob Marley's British Jungle Dances that makes these dancers look as good as they are at this

myths and us. (Ronan depraved heights until it Cmpcr) year's Hinge. The), move O'Donnell) seems the tables are I the cenci (Fringe) with seminal grace

I Ray Bradbury’s turned. but which is the Mania producmms‘ St through a seamless range Something \‘lCIOl‘ hCIWt‘CIl good or Columba's By Thc Castle of dance mylcg switching

Way Comes (Fringe) Festival Theatre USC- USA. ()ld St Paul’s

I- Arches

evil is debatable. Taking its cue from Artaud‘s Theatre of

(Venue 4) 220 5959. 26.

l 28. 30 Aug. l. 3 Sept.

6. I5pm. £5.50 (£4.50).


Seance: memory play

The central figure in this

from Indian to contemporary at a

V chameleon-like rate of change.

Elsewhere. dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah in

' I short new monologue by . . = " _. Delirium is to be listened I Th ~ I «a. syn:militate? . .- - .ric rince is a woman -' C 3 . I CO - "3" "I. my“ ‘°' " I for whom the past is more i 1953 was“: 3 8‘ w: "’3": but Red. [31118 and Ochre 1 ' - . . , sen - . - . - ' Mldland Glasgo aIlVL than (he prchnL “9 by company solorst Davrd

: Edinburgh Fringe I Until Sat3Sept



Until Sat 3 Sept

Erpingham Camp by Joe Orton

he Gilded Balloon 3.30pm "I had sore n'bs from

laughing... " The Herald

telephone: 041 221 9736

Autumn 1 99 I 2 I The Hostage TUes6 - Sat 10 Sept : by Brendan Behan

I Assembly Rooms 7.40pm "Bawdy, pacy... ltremendous good humour"

Wed 21 - Sat 24 Sept The Scotsman

Mike Hayward

The Audition

8pm -


Tue 27 Sept - Sat 1 Oct Chimaera Theatre Co Wedding Belles & Green Grasses 8pm - £6123

Clyde Unity Theatre I Backgreen Belter


40 The List 26 August *8 September I994

Gwen. played with passion and possession by Lucy Carney. calls up the ghosts of her past her family-man husband and her drug-death son in a fluid movement of memories and emotions.

Carney‘s working-class Yorkshire characterisation borders on the patronising. though she gives a heart-felt and well-modulated performance.

But for all the production‘s confidence and style. there doesn't seem to be very much point to it and were it to stretch longer than its 45 minutes. the audience would become impatient for insights. (Mark Fisher) I Seance (Fringe) National Student Theatre Company. Hill Street Theatre (Venue I9) 226 6522. until 3 Sept. 7pm. £5 (£4).


lfyou‘ve been hanging around the Gilded Pleasance Rooms these

past two weeks. Kit and

The Widow may seem an unlikely evening's

Bare Necessities returns to the Fringe after a five- year absence with llona Lawson's engaging take on the generic old movies we still watch on TV and video.

Does a librarian with ‘straight lines and brain cells‘ have any chance with the rakish Lord of the Manor'.’ Meanwhile

Nurse goes nowhere fast and at the end of the day it‘s Marley alone who makes the Union ticket worth its weight in gold. (Ellie Carr)

I Through Dance Coloured Classes (Fringe) Union Dance Company. St Bride's Centre (Venue 62) 346 I405. until 3 Sept. 7.30pm. £6 (£4).

Union: rhythm of the urban tribe