What Do You Mean

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Scotsman review (theatre): What Do You Mean at Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall (Venue 278). Review by Alison Kerr.

If you love the theatre, chances are you’ll get a kick out of this clever, slapstick comedy about the business of staging a play. And if there’s something familiar about it, it’s undoubtedly the fact that it has the feel of a Woody Allen work. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s all done extremely well – and by a New York theatre company, which gives it an authentic Allen air.

What Do You Mean opens with a fledgling playwright battering out his sacred prose on a typewriter, only to be joined by a motley crew of theatre folk – characters in the play he is writing – who teach him, about the process of getting his play staged, and explain all the technical terms.

It’s a little confusing, what with some actors operating both as characters and commentators, but it’s great fun with some memorable, Marx Brothers-like moments, and snippets of dialogue worthy of the Manhattan bard himself.

Until 25 August. Tomorrow 8:40pm

Originally published in The Scotsman

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