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WhiLE the title might fool you into believing this is some kind of straight stand-up show, perhaps the subtitle might be more revelatory. this one-man show is dry and wittily cerebral, and aimed at those with some kind of working knowledge of the theory behind acting. in saying that, however, actor Andrew hawkins has devised a strong comedic character in acting guru Jack treadwell.
Reminiscent of a Woody Allen or Larry David character in that he’s intelligent, occasionally up himself and always clinging on by the slenderest of threads, ‘tread’ is a velvet-blazered man of the old school. he fields onstage calls from Al Pacino and Bruno Ganz, involves Lee Strasberg, Freud and Aristotle in the conversation and fends off his agent, who’s “twisting my arm about opening a chain of wine shops”. the sense that he’s been everywhere and done everything in his soonto-be-over career (schooling Princess Diana for her interview with Martin Bashir is a case in point) perhaps undermines the strength of the character, but this is a smart and well-played character comedy for those in a position to get the joke.
Until 30 August. Today 3:50pm.