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Jerry Finnegan’s Sister (CAT Productions)

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2016

Jerry Finnegan's Sister Ed2016

In ‘Jerry Finnegan’s Sister’, Brian immediately breaks the fourth wall, talking the audience through his relationship – or lack thereof – with Beth, the archetypal girl next door and his best friend’s sister. He clearly loves her, but has always been unable to tell her how he feels, getting tongue-tied and making a fool of himself. The plot could have been lifted straight from a John Hughes movie (‘Sixteen Candles’ even gets a namecheck), but it’s none the worse for that. Indeed, the script uses that familiarity to get even more laughs in a play already bursting with humour. A feel-good comedy with genuine heart, every member of the audience left with a smile plastered on their face. I’m still smiling now.

C Nova, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 5/5 | [Andy Leask]