ED2011 4/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Spent (Why Not Theatre / TheatreRUN / Theatre Smith-Gilmour)

By | Published on Thursday 25 August 2011

Employing bizarre clowning and acerbic satire, the well-oiled, madcap double-act Ravi Jain and Adam Paolozza imbue the financial crisis we all know and hate with a sense of the absurd. They aim to exchange anger at those responsible with laughter, and they succeed, having us chuckling in no time. The vigorous show is built around the fortunes of two executives seen in penniless despair and then, in a memorable scene, wallowing in the promise of wealth and aroused by the dollar bill. The Media doesn’t escape ridicule: news reporters from every continent are skilfully parodied to hilarious effect. ‘Spent’ may benefit from being condensed, but its beautifully judged ending and unflinching look at the attraction of cash are ample repayment.

Pleasance Dome, 3 – 29 Aug (not 17, 23), 2.55pm (4.00pm), £7.50 – £9.50, fpp299.
tw rating 4/5