The Hub

5 Stars

*****

Hopes, dreams and failed ambitions are the themes which come under scrutiny in this uproariously funny comedy by Feri Tezcan. Set in a TV announcer’s studio, five 25 to 35 year olds with very different personalities are thrown together.

Faith, played by the writer, has recently returned from Los Angeles. She gives the impression her acting career has taken lift off. Mary (Rhona Croker) is an obsessional ‘do gooder’ and supporter of charities. James (Dan March) is gay and full of quick witted repartee. Richard (Matt Green) is their line manager and a complete geek with no sense of humour. Finally, Alan (Dan Snelgrove) has a major chip on his shoulder because he and Faith were in a relationship before she left him, allured by Hollywood and all its possibilities.

The dialogue sparkles with wit as the characters interact with each other, mainly in twos and threes. The delivery and timing is spot on. Breaking up their conversations, they do have a job to carry out performing announcements for upcoming programmes. This they do with the express intention of offending with corny sexual innuendoes, much to Richard’s frustration.

There are poignant moments as the play draws to its conclusion with the realisation being confirmed that, behind the façade of apparent success, there are deep insecurities. All except Richard who seems utterly content in his self absorption.

Ed Dick’s direction gives the piece a lovely pacing, fast when needed but slower to reveal the nuances when deeper emotions are being revealed. For an early afternoon comedy pick me up, this is the ideal show.

Reviewed by Ben

Venue; Venue Number – Pleasance Courtyard; V33

Dates – 4 to 30 August 2010 (not 17)

Times – 14.00 to 15.00

Fringe Programme Page Number: 260

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