I went into this performance with my expectations up. Having seen this group perform Tom Basden’s Party last year, and absolutely smash it, I had high hopes for what they would bring this year. I was, I admit, just a little trepidatious. This was the first time I’d seen this group perform original writing, so I was nervous as how it might compare.
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I do think Improv shows are at their best when they have a specific gimmick or quirk that makes them unique amongst Improv shows.
Anything You Want has that. An existing improv technique yes but the first time I’ve seen it done, and the only one, so far as I know, at the Fringe this year. The interconnecting circle of characters and narratives that stem from a single-word suggestion is a beautiful device and, at least on the occasion I was there, creates a truly memorable and engaging show.
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This production was wonderful, simply wonderful. Such a beautiful rendering of the classic play. The same-sex aspect is an important part of what makes this production so powerful but at the same time is fairly incidental to how and why it achieves what it does. I love Shakespeare. I love modern-dress Shakespeare with the original text. Romeo and Juliet is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays (embarrassed as I occasionally am to admit that). This is perhaps, I’ll need to think but perhaps, my favourite version of Romeo and Juliet I’ve watched.
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This piece is, it has to be said, a little slow to start, but once it gets to the point, it does it pretty well.
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I love a good bit of period drama, it’s something of a guilty pleasure of mine, truth be told, and good period drama done on stage is something I have particular time for. WWII-era Britain, as it happens, is one of my favourite periods in which to see it set.
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I have a real appreciative place in my heart for really stupid shows. Shows that are serenely, unabashedly stupid, and milk (see what I did there??) that stupidity for all it’s worth.
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