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Joanna Neary – Faceful Of Issues (Joanna Neary)

By | Published on Saturday 22 August 2015

Joanna Neary

Joanna Neary’s show concerns a loveable character named Celia, a meek and demure woman who is fixated by her husband. Songs, games and interviews with minor celebrities (that is, audience members) make up most of the content of this show. Celia is accompanied by a musician whose contributions are accomplished but inexplicable, and the two have no tangible relationship. This piece falls flat because none of the jokes have a solid context or through line, and Neary is too witty and intelligent to convincingly play such a two-dimensional character, although she is undoubtedly charming. This show tries too hard to mock too many aspects of modern life, and the result is confusing rather than amusing.

The Assembly Rooms, until 30 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Vicki Baron]