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The Final Act (RopeWalk Productions)

By | Published on Wednesday 19 August 2015

The Final Act

It’s always a shame to see a truly wonderful cast working with sub-par material. RopeWalk Productions have amassed a charismatic, talented set of actors and singers for this musical about writing a musical, but the script does them no justice at all. The president of a university theatre society is tasked with putting on a sell-out musical to save the theatre from closure, and from there things unfold with few surprises. The set-up feels as though it’s primed to deliver a parody of musicals, but that isn’t what we get – most of the tropes are played straight. The songs are peppy but don’t stick, and the ending comes as an abrupt anti-climax, leaving unresolved plot lines flapping in the wind.

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tw rating 2/5 | [Jon Stapley]