Three Radicals

Note: This review is from 2007

Review by Steve Bennett

This confident antipodean trio took great pains to emphasise that this show would be completely improvised.

Yet the scenarios they acted out had all been predetermined, written on the back of 30 numbered cards.

The aim was for the boilersuited threesome to act out as many of these scenes as they could while a clock counted down 45 minutes, the audience selecting which number sketch would be done next.

About half the punters - the Australian half - seemed very eager, completely out of proportion to the skill on display, while the rest sat stony-faced and increasingly bored as the performers failed to generate any energy or empathy.

Still, at least the clock was counting down the minutes we would have to endure this insipid, and seemingly well-rehearsed, "improv".

But then, cruelly, as the countdown hit zero, the self-indulgent trio insisted on performing for another 15 minutes, treating us to their repertoire of non-improvised songs. It was almost a torture, confounding our hopes of an early relief from this depressingly unfunny ordeal.

Review date: 1 Jan 2007
Reviewed by: Steve Bennett

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