Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatre review: Jo Romero Scenes of a Sensual Nature, reviewed by The Scotsman’s Fiona Shepherd.
Of all the makeshift venues at the Fringe, Cowgatehead must be one of the most ramshackle but it is here that the Comedians Theatre Company has chosen to lay its scenes of a sensual nature, written and performed by Jo Romero with thesping support from her fellow comedians and lighting by a range of Ikea desklamps.
Less a play and more a sequence of extended excruciating comedy sketches, Scenes… involves Romero’s characters yanking the chain of her pliant co-stars in four sexually and socially awkward encounters, including a creepy school reunion for two with James Dowdeswell, a surreal Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf-style marital battle of wills with David Mills and an online tantric sex therapy session, dripping with very thinly veiled hostility towards a pussy-whipped Gary Colman.
The one breath of air freshener comes in the form of a series of resolutely unerotic massage parlour encounters between Mick Ferry and Armenian sex worker Dalia, who may just have the healthiest relationship of the lot.
The laughs are scattered but, should you so desire, this is definitely the place to see male comedians with their tops off.
Cowgatehead (Venue 32) until 29 August / listings
Published in The Scotsman on 14 August 2015
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