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Communism: The Musical! (Lancaster Offshoots)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

Lancaster Offshoots deliver this original musical with admirable energy and evident talent. In the promising blurb, it seems amusing that they’ve taken historical events and figures and rebirthed them in ‘Dollaropolis,’ a newly imagined island dominated by capitalist villains ‘the broker,’ and ‘hot dog guy.’ Unfortunately, it did end up falling short of its potential, as even the best of casts couldn’t have made up for the fatal lack of plot. It wasn’t about communism, but it wasn’t recognisably about anything else either, making it difficult to stay engaged, though it was superficially funny. Perhaps like Communism itself, this play in theory had a lot of promise and appeal. The reality was that it just couldn’t have succeeded in practice.

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