COM­EDY giN­gER & BlaCk: thE Chill FaC­tORY Plea­sance courT­yarD (Venue 33) HHHHH

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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.

JaY RiChaRDsON

Un­til 30 Au­gust. To­day 5:45pm.

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