Evelyn Riley Is Dead

Comedy · poppycot productions · Ages 16+ · United States of America

Pay What You Can world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 19, 2023 certified reviewer
tagged as: absurd · heightened · clown · commentary · satire · Comedy · farce

What I liked

There are so many delicious little details in each actors performance. The quirks are what really make the show sing. And what a vibrant and robust world to be inside of for an hour or so! Its a familiar yet strong setup – the reading of a will and the eagerness of self-interested parties to get their piece of the pie – and dropping these characters into that world is a fun place to start.

What I didn't like

The world building and characters are all wonderful – that said, farce is highly structured and hyper-specific and focused, and I think a bit of that focus could help here. I’d dive in and really do a close study of what makes the work of Christopher Durang, Michael Frayn, Dario Fo and other master writers of farce really work (hell, what makes the movie “Clue” really work!), and what an exercise in precision all of their work is at its core.

My overall impression

A rollicking time that will have you laughing through most of it. A bit of the will reading scene in Wes Anderson’s “Grand Budapest Hotel” put through the lens of “Clue”.

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