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Fritz And Matlock (Part Of The Main / Pleasance)

By | Published on Wednesday 17 August 2022

There’s a corpse in the freezer. What to do? A classic set-up for situational comedy but we are soon drawn towards darker matters. Two compelling performances gradually reveal the main substance of the show, a troublingly unequal relationship between the protagonists. At times the sheer power of the acting was scary but only the seriously squeamish need avoid this show. The out-of-narrative material, aided by a colourful freezer, was well done but there’s only so much the briefly related back-story can add. For me this was character acting at its best; we watch the flatmates’ relationship being subverted and changed in real time. That’s hard enough in a full-length play but brilliantly achieved in an hour here. Excellent theatre.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Alan Cranston]