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Say It Again, Sam (DBS Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 7 August 2013

I don’t know if Humphrey Bogart was an Edinburgh fan but ‘Say it Again, Sam’ imagines the Scottish city’s drizzly streets and secretive snickleways right through the lens of one of Bogart’s iconic characters. Moodily cinematic, this production has every film noir trope in book thrown at it, from the busty (and infuriatingly stupid) brunette to the slinky jazz and depressive boozing. Dealing with the tricky case of a missing sister (cue the brooding interior monologue and arched eyebrow), one thing this show never quite gets to the bottom of is whether it wants to be straight-faced serious or pantomime parody. An unadventurous script and flat gags sadly leave this one mystery that is never really solved.

Sweet Grassmarket, until 25 Aug, 1.35pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Katharine Wootton]