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What Do You Mean (Ego Actus)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Everyone knows it’s hard to make great theatre. Ego Actus get around the problem by staging this intentionally terrible show about making a terrible show. Following an egomaniac writer and a company of bickering actors, this is a play without a plot and without a point. It’s energetically and earnestly performed, but interminable shrill scenes stuffed with cheap gags, slapstick and technical descriptions of theatrical tropes quickly start to grate. Continually telling the audience that what they’re watching is meaningless isn’t funny, it’s insulting, and though this is clearly done with the best intentions, it’s frustrating to watch. Ultimately, the question isn’t so much “what do you mean?” as “why did you do this?”

Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 1/5 | [Dave Fargnoli]