ThEATRE BANE 2 PleaSance Dome (Venue 23) HHHHH
The egregiously talented Joe Bone is Bruce Bane, a man who shoots first and asks questions later. he is also his gangland boss Vincenzo, a rival boss, the sexually ambivalent Ivan, and his enormous henchman Nikolai. To say nothing of Bane’s childhood friend Jones, his doomed neighbour, his psychologist, his psychologist’s secretary, a courting teenage couple and his own heart.
This is an epic thriller of rival gangs and toxic monsters, of death and … well, more death. Bane continues to wade through a bloodbath entirely of his own making, while fighting his own inner demons and seeking solace in gunning down innocent women and children. The only light in this darkness is offered by Ben Roe, a charming young man who accompanies Bane’s every atrocity with a delightful guitar soundtrack. Bruce Bane is every bitter, isolated, violent film noir detective you have ever seen. One of the great joys of Joe Bone’s colossal performance is how true to type all the characters are. None of them (except possibly, the toxic monster) is so very far away from anything you can find in those glorious black and white masterpieces. Bogart and Lorre, Greenstreet and the rest are all here. It is just the plotlines that disappear over the top to the sound of audiences shrieking with laughter. There are flashbacks and dream sequences, helicopters and shootouts. Most of all I loved the tiny things – the lighting of a cigarette, the golf game, the opening of a door. I shouldn’t tell you this, but things aren’t looking look good for Bane at the end. I can hardly wait for Bane 3.
Until 29 August. Today 8:20pm
Joe Bone is Bane, and Ben Roe is ‘light in the darkness’