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Stiff Dicky (JunkBox Theatre)

By | Published on Tuesday 15 August 2017

Take a group of friends and siblings with a tangled web of resentments and infidelities. Now add a corpse. Junkbox Theatre wring plenty of laughs out of this setup in a fast-paced show filled with raunchy jokes and snappy one-liners. The result is part witty relationship comedy and part farce, and these elements at times sit a little uneasily alongside each other – everyone quips like sitcom characters despite the gravity of the situation. More than once a bit of fiery interpersonal drama is interrupted by a character suggesting – quite justifiably – that maybe we ought to get back to the corpse issue? It’s consistently buoyed, however, by the uniformly excellent cast, which ensures that things are never less than entertaining.

SpaceTriplex, until 19 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Jon Stapley]