They Built It. No One Came. (Fledgling Theatre Company)
By Rosie Barrett | Published on Sunday 21 August 2016
This musical comedy is based on a true story about two men starting a commune, only to have no one else show up. The performance starts incredibly strong, and the cast excel at comic timing. The musical numbers are exceptionally funny, in particular the final dance in preparation for battle, which has the audience in tears of laughter. But the show is let down by the finale, which feels wooden, and the acting fails to be believable. Also the jokes can border on insensitive; serious subject matter like mental illness should be handled with more care. The show still has the potential to be a fantastic, warped comedy, if only the cast can portray the bitter with the same skill they do the sweet.
Pleasance Courtyard, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Rosie Barrett]