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Friday, July 22, 2022

Jack Absolute Flies Again @ Olivier Theatre “Flatulence will get you nowhere”. Review->

Last night Stuart and I went to see Richard Bean's rip-roaring 1940s-set new play Jack Absolute Flies Again - his take on Sheridan's 1775 play The Rivals - at the Olivier Theatre on London's glitzy South Bank.
Starring Laurie Davidson as air pilot Jack Absolute the story of A loves B, B loves C, C loves themselves is set on an RAF requisitioned country house during World War II.
The script is very funny - all jolly hockey-sticks but with a modern post-modern twist. It strays into panto every now and again - but who doesn't like a good panto?
The plot is silly but engaging with an ending of bitter-sweetness.
The object of Jack's love is Lydia played by Natalie Simpson. Simpson is a delight, showing great comic timing. Hunky mechanic Dudley Scunthorpe is played by hunky Strictly winner Kelvin Fletcher.  Fletcher, along with the rest of the cast, even gets to dance too.
Both however are outflanked by scene stealing performances from Kerry Howard as Lucy, the unreliable go-betweening maid, and by Caroline Quentin's gloriously mis-speaking Mrs Malaprop.
Indeed, Quentin is given all the best lines:
Flatulence will get you nowhere. 
You’ve found the trellis where I’ve been training my climbing clitoris. 
I feel like a character from The Cunt of Monte Crisco. 
Carpe diem. Seize the carpet. 
etc. etc.
Well, worth a trip to the theatre alone. We laughed all the way through.

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