ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Mark Twain Abroad (Dickinson Theatricals)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Sit back and listen as Mark Twain’s prose is revived with startling vivacity. He addresses the audience in what is ostensibly a lecture, ranging from general observations on travel, foreigners and the idiosyncrasies of other cultures, to remarks regarding the nature of colonisation and the Western empires. Twain is consistent in his character portrayal but I sat wondering what the point of it all was; it was pleasant to hear Twain’s phrases uttered in a somewhat convincing accent but ultimately it was a show stuck in first gear and staunchly refused to change. Moments of humour were scarce and cloaked in preamble and context. This is a show that should be approached with equal parts interest and caution.

Gryphon Venues At The Point Hotel, 10 – 13 Aug, 1.40pm (2.50pm) £5.00 – £8.00, fpp279.
tw raing 2/5