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The Capone Trilogy – Loki (Jethro Compton Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

It’s fitting that a play inspired by the Norse trickster god would be so playfully subversive; it flits from fourth-wall-breaking comedy to sudden threats of violence – and back – in a heartbeat. In the intimate setting of a shabby 1920s hotel room (complete with peeling wallpaper) we are fully immersed in the action, sharing the room with a motley parade of gangsters, busboys and policemen. Their lives revolve around the protagonist, Lola Keen: a glamorous nightclub singer with a dark secret. The script elevates what could have been simply stock characters, through a goodly dose of vaudevillian humour and farce, yet it never loses the constant sense of impending, inevitable tragedy, as Lola’s story unravels before our eyes.

C nova, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]