Woody Allen(ish) (Simon Schatzberger)
By Francesca Peschier | Published on Friday 26 August 2016
‘Woody Allen(ish)’ is the sort of tribute act that you don’t expect to see until the entertainer impersonated is long dead. Simon Schatzberger has the voice spot-on, but Allen’s physicality is overplayed as repetitive tics. I had expected that your enjoyment of this show would heavily depend on how you much you love the real Allen but, even for a diehard fan, this tribute to him in his 60s heyday is problematic. Although iconic, much of the material is dated and even the famous ‘Moose’ routine fails to deliver the renowned punch. It might well be that, no matter how good the recreation, these routines just don’t work when taken out of their original context. I fear that possibly in this case, you just had to be there.
Frankenstein Pub, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 2/5 | [Francesca Peschier]