Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Day 3 Roundup

Alma Mater, St George's West. Innovative use of an iPad in this atmospheric installation. Creepy and lovely in equal bursts. 3/5.

Bluebeard, Underbelly. A famously horrible story re-told with irony and a bag of tricks, but sadly lacking in humour or heart. 2/5

The Investigation, Zoo Southside. Committed performances, but the physical and musical accompaniment woefully overeggs the pudding. 2/5

Moon Horse and the Mars Men From Jupiter, FF Buffs Club. Impossible to dislike for its amateurish, free-spirited optimism. Catchy songs! 3/5

Oyster Eyes, Just The Tonic. Inventive. Bananas. Very, very funny. The most original sketch group at the Fringe is also one of the best. 4/5

Sold, Pleasance Courtyard. A moving and exceptionally well executed piece of drama carrying an important message. Top performances. 4/5.

Sophie Alderson, Voodoo Rooms. A likable performer with some strong ideas, but the gag rate is far too low. 2/5

Street Dreams, Underbelly. Refreshingly imaginative and assuredly performed, this lightly comic debut pulls all the right strings. 4/5

The Toll, C Soco. Well crafted characters and snappy dialogue ensure an enjoyable hour of new writing. Fun staging too. 3/5