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Super (Matthew Radway)

By | Published on Monday 14 August 2023

The world of jobbing actors dressing as superheroes in order to pose for pictures with tourists is a fertile one for comedy, and there certainly are plenty of laughs in this play. From absurd imagery, to ironic dialogue and gags about actors and directors, it plays well to a festival audience. A two-hander, the script mines further comedy from the juxtaposition of perspectives between its two leads, the delusional, unreliable narrator Rick (aka Batman) and the far more grounded Catherine (aka Catwoman). There’s even an attempt to offer two differing conclusions, as each character shares the contradictory life-lesson they took from the events. Ultimately the script’s a little thin, despite both actors’ terrific comic performances, to really land its punches.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Andy Leask]