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The Cat’s Mother (Wildcard and Reid Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 19 August 2018

As topics for comedies go, two sisters contemplating euthanising their dementia-stricken mother is a touch dark. Luckily, a sharp script coupled with deft comic timing pulls it off with aplomb. It is constantly funny, often drawing laughs from a commitment to the characters’ everyday lives: the elder sister who escaped to London, and her younger sibling who stayed in Ireland, looking after their mam (and Muggins, the cat). Sarah Madden and Eimear O’Riordan are excellent as the sisters, as is Kate Kennedy, demonstrating considerable range as she cycles through a series of disparate characters. Even when it veers closer to tragedy the line is perfectly judged, and a laugh is only a heartbeat away.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 [Andy Leask]