Theatre review: Paintings and Cake
Theatre review: Paintings and Cake

Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Paintings and Cake, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock ★★ It’s well-performed, proudly absurdist and in love with the idea of reflecting knowledgeably upon art history, but the good parts of this piece – the character trapped inside a Monet, the chilling descriptions of Goya’s work – are sketch-like and …

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Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Paintings and Cake, reviewed by The Scotsman’s David Pollock

★★

It’s well-performed, proudly absurdist and in love with the idea of reflecting knowledgeably upon art history, but the good parts of this piece – the character trapped inside a Monet, the chilling descriptions of Goya’s work – are sketch-like and don’t hang together well.

The sense is that absurdism should be done with real emotional force, or else it’s an act akin to the play’s comedian who barks the same punchline over and over to make sure we got it.

C nova (Venue 145), until 31 August, 5pm.

Published in The Scotsman on 29 August 2015

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