The Big Bada-Bing! The Giant Pineapple Boys

Note: This review is from 2002

Review by Steve Bennett

This confident troupe set the tone by emerging on to the stage naked with only a pineapple covering their modesty - and the size of their talents remains hidden throughout the show.

They try to make a virtue of their boyish and slightly immature sense of humour with mockery and inelegant irony. They perform a series of impressions of the usual tired old icons such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sean Connery and Robert de Niro. They use wardrobe and props to caricature these giants of the silver screen but succeed only in creating monochrome interpretations.

A Woody Allen impression was capable but went on too long and was followed by an equally overextended David Hasselhoff piece that insulted the audience's imagination and intelligence.

This standard of entertainment would possibly amuse a group of undemanding and extremely well-oiled 18-year-olds but nothing more. The Giant Pineapple Boys appear to believe themselves irreverent and outrageous, but are strangely staid and dull.

The only cheer of the night was reserved for the denouement,a shoot-out in which all the lads died. The audience seemed to have a keener sense of irony than the Pineapples.

However, thinking they were on to a good thing, the Boys repeated this act ad nauseum before releasing the audience into the welcoming alternative of the chill Edinburgh night.

Review date: 1 Aug 2002
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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