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Company (The Bancroft’s Players)

By | Published on Monday 18 August 2014

Sondheim’s complex reflection on marriage and middle age has been condensed into 90 minutes here, but there are still many impressive moments. The large cast is accompanied mainly by a piano, with two performers alternating between acting and playing sax and trumpet. Chorus scenes have a powerful sound, and the cast uses the small stage to good effect, but it’s a couple of performances from the young cast that really stand out: a word-perfect rendition of Amy’s song ‘Not Getting Married’, and Charlie Layburn’s ‘Bobby’ effortlessly cool, comfortable with being the centre of attention, hiding a desire to be loved. Most of the songs plod along too slowly, but there is talent and potential in the young cast.

theSpace @ North Bridge, until 16 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Tim Bano]