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Witch Hunt (A&E Comedy)

By | Published on Sunday 11 August 2019

There’s a serious point buried beneath the nonsense here. A point about patriarchy, about the demonisation of women through the ages and the constraints placed upon them. That this serious message is forgotten in favour of cheap gags could be forgiven if they were funny, but all too often they fall flat. Witty lines are misplaced, mangled by ill-fitting prosthetic teeth; poorly-timed lines tread on one another, stifling laughter before it can erupt; physical gags go on too long, or not long enough… A handful of audience members seemed to really enjoy themselves, but most wavered between mild amusement, boredom and discomfort. I wish ‘Witch Hunt’ had committed more to its underlying concept, and allowed itself to be both clever and funny. 

Pleasance Dome, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Andy Leask]