ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Fear And Misery Of The Third Reich (The Lincoln Company)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Confusing staging and convoluted performances makes this production of Brecht’s play the equivalent of having your head deep-fat fried. Though the blurb promises “a few laughs on the side”, there appears just the one – and it quickly turns into a cough. Despite this, the male lead offers some redeeming qualities: his rich baritone suits the strong characters he plays. However, this is countered by the female leads who seem only capable of a breathless and whining tone throughout. Their inability to vary, or indeed differentiate, between the characters they play makes for tedious viewing. There is good audience interaction, and the bald actor’s resemblance to Matt Lucas adds some comedy (if not laughter) to the piece.

C Soco, 3- 29 Aug (not 16), 3.15pm (4.05pm), £7.50 – £10.50, fpp262.
tw rating 2/5