Mr Incredible (Longsight Theatre)
By Hannah Greenstreet | Published on Sunday 14 August 2016
In this new monologue by Camilla Whitehill, Adam repeatedly declares, “I’m not the type of man that…” (is single in his thirties, goes on Tinder, commits violence against women). ‘Mr Incredible’ has the elements of a great production: a compelling performance from Alistair Donegan, inspired direction from Sarah Meadows, coherent design by Justin Nardella and Catherine Morgan. However, the line between empathy for Adam and condemnation of his actions is misjudged: I lost sympathy with him too early on to sustain an interest in what happened to him. The monologue form feels contrived too; the identity of Adam’s absent interlocutor is never revealed, and the final revelation is predictable. ‘Mr Incredible’ is a morally conflicted show about the horrifying implications of modern masculinity.
Underbelly, until 28 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Hannah Greenstreet]