COMEDY giNgER & BlaCk: thE Chill FaCtORY Pleasance courTyarD (Venue 33) HHHHH
AN AMBitiOuS, if not altogether successful, stretching of Eri Jackson and Daniel taylor’s talented partnership, this reaffirms the easy chemistry between them, and their capacities as comic actors.
A single narrative of offshoot sketches set in and around a women’s prison, the show has fun sending up film noir, a succession of bar-room flirtations played for alternately subtle and cartoonish laughs. Scenes where the duo embody heightened versions of their usual, slightly awkward, onstage relationship work best, as minor costume changes and vague plotting occasionally create confusion as to which of their myriad characters they’re playing. When Jackson is conveyed to jail, the pace is accelerated and the number of oddballs increases, from the governor feigning terminal illness, to Angela Lansbury, who wastes no time becoming queen bitch. throughout, Jackson and taylor spark off each other with sass and plenty of clever lines. But their tale is too loose, with too many extraneous, less impressive, digressions. A shame, as you could probably cast them in anything and they’d be standout turns.
Until 30 August. Today 5:45pm.