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2-Faces (Hassan Hope and Jasmine Dorothy Haefner)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2023

This leaden crime caper tries and, sadly, fails to make the audience laugh. That failure to conjure even a chuckle is surprising, given how laughably bad the script and some of the accents are. The ridiculous (but somehow not funny) premise is that the world’s two greatest art thieves are also detectives, simultaneously plotting heists while pretending to investigate them. There’s no subtext here. Indeed, subtext is jettisoned in favour of heavy-handed supertitles, which try gamely to explain the plot’s convolutions (which are not convoluted, at all), and to raise a laugh through – I kid you not – the use of emojis. It’s billed as a comedy, but the audience simply didn’t laugh. A comedy that’s not funny? That’s the real crime.

Greenside @ Infirmary Street, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 1/5 | [Andy Leask]