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The Revenge Of The Gargantuan Poo Monster (Lost Boys Production)

By | Published on Friday 30 August 2013

I spent the first part of this show flinching. Two actors rapidly change in and out of various characters: a redneck couple copulating in a car, ditzy American news reporters, preposterously violent Glaswegian policemen, and implausibly dedicated plumbers. The central conflict of the play is the appearance of a giant, murderous poo monster. Lazy and puerile, I thought, until it clicked: this show, initially seeming like a compilation of toilet humour and tacky stereotypes, is actually a self-conscious parody of overused elements in popular culture and B-movies. Everything is deliberately over-the-top: the cheap look, the vulgarity, the filth. It’s a testament to the cleverness of the writing that it takes the lowest possible subject matter – a fecal monster – and makes it hysterical. Graphic, scatological, incredibly funny.

Greenside, until 17 Aug, 7.25pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Kyung Oh]