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The Sex Lives Of Others (Typer Productions in association with Louise Chantal Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

It’s hard to add spice to a familiar set-up. Here two couples, one young and hung-over, the other taking advantage of a weekend without the kids, pass time playing Boggle, fretting about the garden fence, and discussing their sexual frustrations. Despite a strong, committed cast and impressive direction which makes the most of a miniscule space, this never heats up like it should. Though the intentionally banal dialogue may be truthful, it often misses opportunities for wit, mischief or subversive insight. Instead there’s protracted chat about oral sex and ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey,’ and predictable if pleasingly ridiculous ‘loud sex one-upmanship.’ Wryly amusing but ultimately dissatisfying, this strangely-sexless sex comedy is neither naughty nor particularly funny.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug (not 12, 19), 2.15pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]