The Comedy About a Bank Robbery Apr 22, 2016 11:30:23 GMT
Post by freckles on Apr 22, 2016 11:30:23 GMT
Note I haven't seen the new version so don't know when the two threads join, however the original sequence saw Mitch and a inmate played by Chris L in a cell. A clearly bent cop (who turns out to be Cooper) was deployed by other guards to torture them, which consisted of pieces of set being hit, the two gurgling to simulate being held underwater, that type of thing. They are then placed in a sack inside a laundry hamper and were pushed out by the bent cop, with the idea of being taken out of the prison and escaping. But a hamper switch happens and the two find themselves in the warden's office - crawling around inside the sack (infront of, unbeknownst to them, the warden and others), cutting through washing lines (which they think was the perimeter fence), feeling the wind on their face (a fan), etc. They eventually get revealed and jump out of the window, which then leads into the car escape sequence I presume is still performed.
Generally it was good but definitely felt like a slow burn start to the play.
And considering how much he disliked Play That Goes Wrong, that's some turn around!
Only other two reviews I've spotted so far are:
2* from The Evening Standard www.standard.co.uk/goingout/theatre/the-comedy-about-a-bank-robbery-theatre-review-so-wrong-it-s-just-not-right-a3231416.html
5* from WhatsOnStage, describing it as "the funniest play since Noises Off" www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/the-comedy-about-a-bank-robbery-criterion-theatre_40261.html
Thanks for explaining.
Another review from Gay Times 5/5