ED2017 2/5 Reviews ED2017 Theatre Reviews

Service! (Clock Tower Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 27 August 2017

As a restaurant manager preparing for maternity leave assesses her waiting staff for a temporary successor, this situation comedy focuses on the resulting machinations and intrigue as the employees all vie for the job. The performances are lively and energetic, but the play draws almost entirely on exaggerated characterisations and typical stereotypes for comic tension, and so the resulting comedy is lacklustre. Lacking substantial jokes, this live sit com never really builds up a rhythm and so the constant focus on plot twists and character developments grows tedious. This show does capture some elements of real life in the service industry, but fails to build on these observations. While reminiscent of classic British comedy, this show fails to hit the mark.

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tw rating 2/5 | [James Napleton]