Edinburgh Festival Fringe comedy review: Moby Alpha, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Kate Copstick.
It is not necessary to have read Moby Dick or to be a sci-fi nerd to enjoy this show. Star Trek lost me after Voyager but I still loved the “spot the reference” fun there is to be had in this mash-up of Herman Melville and every great sci-fi event in any medium. The staging is so clever it nearly overheated my circuits. Simple but practically perfect.
The two performers are superb – both as human and as bot. And there are a lot of bots. There, is also, of course, a mad captain with a penchent for incineration, a mad computer, a mad renegade white energy cloud, a road trip and lots of Easter Eggs. If you are into sci-fi this will be an hour in heaven. It is clever, funny, stuff, lifted from being just another nerdy sci-fi comedy in bacofoil suits by the sheer quality of the production as a whole. The layers of reference and parody are denser than a black hole and the performances are more Patrick Stewart than William Shatner. Chuck Armstrong and Charlie Stockman are Charles, a Seattle-based sketch duo.
They are talented guys. I hope they live long and prosper.
Assembly George Square studios (Venue 17) until 31 August
Published in The Scotsman on 22 August 2015
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