ED2013 4/5 Reviews ED2013 Comedy Reviews

On Hold (Scratchworks Theatre Collective)

By | Published on Wednesday 21 August 2013

This production demonstrates that with inventive, intelligent writing and skilled actors, the most mundane settings can inspire catastrophically hilarious storylines. Taking the agonising social interaction of The Office, belly-laugh one-liners reminiscent of The IT Crowd and the tragic appeal of Skins characters, ‘On Hold’ is a truly entertaining sitcom cocktail. The comic timing of the actors – in particular Claudia Campbell and Michael Smith – was outstanding, and each character was individually a treat to become acquainted with. However, an attempt to snip away stereotypes from the characters was partly unsuccessful – the female characters were painted as sexual archetypes or incompetent slaves to emotion/insecurity, while male woes were mostly professional. Tweaking this would truly update this impressive and gaspingly funny piece of theatre.

theSpace on North Bridge, dates vary, 7.10pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Kate Pasola]