The Comedy About a Bank Robbery,
**** 4 Stars
“ Funny and Visually Stunning! ”
Summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel? Thus, the stage and story is set for a comedy romp for the creators of “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “Peter Pan Goes Wrong”
Writers Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields have delivered a tour de force romp the relies on both clever word play and visual gags a plenty and fast driven pace, the only time the humour feels uncomfortable is the inclusion of the vastly outdated “Camp” gay characters and the implied sexual innuendo, theatre has moved on from such characters and this winning play deserves better.
Director Kirsty Patrick Ward (working from Mark Bell and Mischief Theatres original direction) brings comedy capers at breakneck speed aided by David Farley supreme set design that turns the stage literally on head in a scene that blows the audiences away. All this is bolstered by David Howe’s atmospheric lighting design and Joey Hickman musical arrangements.
Cast wise this is true ensemble piece with the entire 9 strong company giving it there all and special mention must go to Sean Carey as Sam Monaghan whose physicality is a sight to behold couple with wit and charm makes him endlessly watchable. Ashley Tucker as Ruth Monaghan has a big belter of a voice well suited to the 50’s big band style tunes she is given, and she can really shake it in the comedy leagues too. As the villain of the piece Liam Jeavons as Mitch Ruscitti brings a real dash of James Dean swaggering in a leather jacket and waving a gun about you can’t help but wish he would get his comeuppance and is another comedy treat.
Mischief Theatre Productions have really tapped into unique form of theatre that brings belly laughs and stunning visuals in equal measure and hopes are high for the visit of Peter Pan goes wrong, which will complete the trilogy of shows going on tour. Let’s hope the awkward stereotypes remain with the bank robbery as they don’t appear in the play that goes wrong! That said this is a winning comedy play so rush to get those tickets as the UK tour is nearly over!
Mischief Theatre Productions Presents “The Comedy About A Bank Robbery”, King’s Theatre Edinburgh, Runs until Saturday 18th May, Then UK tour continues, for tickets go to: https://www.capitaltheatres.com/whats-on/bankrobbery