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14 Smiles (Martha Brown / PBH’s Free Fringe)

By | Published on Tuesday 30 August 2011

Martha Brown gets two stars for being original, for using a great book as a prop (The Story Of B), and for serving biscuits. Aside from that, the show is a calamity. Brown starts the show pretending she’s not the performer, has me read her introduction, then acts like a bemused audience member when we all know she’s the star of the show. She traipses up on stage like a homeless person, and unloads towers of plastic buckets which she proceeds to turn into a supposed London skyline. The show is ostensibly inspired by a “see how many people will return my smiles experiment”, but Martha spends more time pretending to be a corporate hack than smiling. When does anti-comedy become bad comedy? Here.

The Rat Pack Piano Bar, 14 – 27 Aug, 5.30pm (6.30pm), free, fpp n/a.
tw rating 2/5