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Counting Syllables (Ionian Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 10 August 2011

Far too many syllables to count, but little of substance is ever said as two male lecturers trade an arts student back and forth like a tray of hors d’oeuvres. Kudos goes to Orowa Sikder for a dynamic burst of energy, but he’s overshadowed by lead actress Julia Hartley who, while fetching, relies on dipping her head and smiling coyly. At times, it is hard to tell if the actors were staring earnestly at each other because they were emoting or trying to remember their lines. Meanwhile, the opening possibilities of pricking the balloons of pseudo-intellectualism dwindle to nothing; it’s a sad day, too, when the most entertaining moment of a performance is an improvised response to a technical flaw.

Laughing Horse @ The Phoenix, 4 – 19 Aug, 5.25pm (6.25pm), free.
tw rating 2/5