THEATREREVEVV Dybbuk '****
" Nearly unable to make it from Poland due to the recent floods, former , Double Fringe First winner Wierszalin Teatr returns with a classic Jewish tale f' of love, loss and betrayal. Directed by American Michael Griggs, but reeking of Eastern European traditions now vanished, this Jewish Gothic builds steadily from a subdued and ;, atmospheric beginning to a story of J, supernatural possession by the "wandering spirit, the Dybbuk itself. Dark, expressionistic, and lugubrious, this is not easy theatre — but it is
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Dybbuk: ghostly litany of voices
superbly acted. Hours after the performance, its ghostly litany of voices can still be heard. Oy veh! (Marc Lambert)
I Dybbuk (Fringe) Wierszalin Teatr, Theatre Workshop (Venue 20) 226 5425 until 23 Aug (not 74—7 7) 9.75pm, £8 (£6).
Arj Barker's Letter To America
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Arj Barker is an American in Britain, and he is on a mission to dispel the
lingering notion that American tourists are fat and stupid with no sense of
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irony. A tough task, some might say, but then Barker is slim, witty and has a highly developed sense of irony which he uses to highlight the cultural differences between us and them. Being an outsider in Britain, he is also much better placed to pinpoint British absurdities than the natives, and he tackles the job with devastating accuracy and more than a little panache. Go see or everyone else will laugh at you. (Jonathan Trew)
I Arj Barker’s Letter to America (Fringe) Pleasance (Venue 33) 556 6550, until 30 Aug (not 25, 26) 8.30pm, £6.50 (£5.50).
COMEDY REVIEW Ian Stone - A Bit Of Didley
Gentle comedy is a relatively rare beast on the stand-up circuit, but Ian Stone is one such animal. Using a brand of humour that is warm and inclusive rather than confrontational or belligerent, Stone meanders through a few anecdotes and shares a handful of sharp observations on his Jewish religion. His material is a little bit hit and miss, provoking a series of chuckles instead of sustained howling. When Stone sticks to his routine he hits target but when the ad-libbing starts the laughter tends to stop. (Jonathan Trew)
I Ian Stone — A Bit Of Didley Squat (Fringe) Gilded Balloon (Venue 38) 226 2757, until 30 Aug (not 73, 28)
9. 75pm, £7 (15' 6).
COMEDY REVIEW John Gillick: Gender Is A Mandatory Field
* This shows bizarre title, Gillick explains, is something the computer says at his day-job, working for the Council. He shouldn’t have mentioned the day-job: it’s almost as if he is inviting his audience to suggest he keepit
Obviously he was struggling with early-festival audience apathy in this small Grassmarket pub venue, and it also looks like his delivery Wlll improve (fewer pauses would be good, and more precision with his punch-lines). But much of his observational material was simply very tired: yes, we do all know how tempting your bed is on Monday morning — but it’s not very funny. (Ed Grenby) I John Gillick: Gender Is A Mandatory Field (Fringe) John Gillick, WJ Christie’s (Venue 706) 229 4553, until 24 Aug, 8pm, £4 (£3).
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