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Oh, Bologna! (American High School Theatre Festival)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Farce is a somewhat maligned genre of comedy; after half an hour of ‘Oh, Bologna!’ it’s easy enough to remember why. The plot is a confusing tale of love and misunderstanding, which suffers from not being fully explained until a good three-quarters of the way through – by which time you may well have stopped caring. The cast are enthusiastic and undoubtedly talented, but when most of the jokes focus on the humour inherent in falling over and farting, there’s a limit to what they can do. It would have made a better children’s show were it not for a rather heavy-handed approach to innuendo; as it is, it’s stuck in an uncomfortable no man’s land between maturity and flatulence.

Church Hill Theatre, 8 – 11 Aug, times vary, £5.00, fpp285.
tw rating 2/5