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The Hit (Strangeface)

By | Published on Saturday 18 August 2018

Maybe it was my fault for expecting a puppet show billed as “‘Breaking Bad’ meets ‘Team America'” to be fast-paced and action-packed. But rather than the hit-man romp it seems to think it is, ‘The Hit’ feels more like a distended pop-psychology lecture. Its protagonist sermonises at endless length – including, incredibly, after the curtain call – about “dissonance”, a catch-all bit of cod neuroscience that explains everything from market capitalism to existential angst. This aside, the play offers occasional off-colour jokes, the narration of an tediously unsavoury initiation rite, and precious little hint of a plot. What is ‘The Hit’? Some of the best puppetry and the worst writing of any Edinburgh show you’re likely to see. Dissonance!

Summerhall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Alexander Hartley]