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The Adding Machine (American High School Theatre Festival)

By | Published on Friday 31 August 2012

Capitalism, identity and the hypocrisy of human behaviour are recurrent themes in twentieth century American writing. All this, and more, is encapsulated in Elmer Rice’s expressionistic drama exposing the disappointments and desires of the fatefully named Mr Zero. The iconic script is well dramatised and its comic undertones are highlighted with strength. At times, some of the cast don’t commit fully to their character, and by working on this the impact of the play could be further intensified. Overall, though, this is a punchy and clever piece of theatre – if you’re fond of the likes of Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, then this is definitely one to add to your list of shows to see.

Church Hill Theatre, 8-11 Aug (not 9), times vary.
tw rating 3/5 | [Ciara Knowles]