Reviewed by Darryl Ryznar
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is the hilarious tale set in the late 1950’s, of prison escapee Mitch Ruscitti (Liam Jevons) who hatches a plan, along with his clueless sidekick Neil Cooper (David Coomber), to steal a rather valuable diamond belonging to a Hungarian Prince from the Minneapolis City Bank, managed by the haphazard Robin Freeboys (Damian Lynch) who just so happens to be the father of Mitch’s girlfriend, Caprice (Julia Frith). Now, Caprice is no angel either, stringing along multiple men with her gold-digging ways, including bank ‘intern’ Warren Slax (Jon Trenchard), but she soon falls for the fabulous bank teller – Ruth Monaghan (Ashley Tucker) – son, Sam (Seàn Carey), who becomes involved in the scheme too. The four of them carry out their ‘fool-proof’ plan to steal the diamond, outwitting even the FBI agent sent to guard the diamond, Office Randal Shuck (Killian Macardle) – who is also Ruth’s love interest – and what ensues is truly comedic, and complete with a twist at the end.
The physical comedy can be a bit much at times (poor Slax definitely took a lot of the slack!) but the quick wit and comedic timings were spot on – from the charades scene between Caprice and Sam, to the top-down perspective scene, the cast were on the top of their game.
The stage set was perfectly planned – from the skyline of Minneapolis to the inside of a cell, the scenes moved effortlessly and seamlessly, and they even had the cast singing 50’s era musical numbers to mask the transitions – fantastic!
As an addition, I also loved that the programme had been designed as the ‘Minneapolis Star’ newspaper, complete with hilarious articles (those poor seagulls!) and Cooper’s crossword – very in-keeping with all the fun, and a lovey touch!
A delightfully silly comedy caper not to be missed. 4 stars!
Edinburgh’s traditional King’s Theatre is located in the Tollcross area of Scotland’s capital. It’s within easy reach of both major train stations and sits on several busy bus routes, and has free on street parking in close vicinity, so getting there won’t be a problem.
Tickets cost from £19.50 to £33 (booking fees may apply).
The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is at the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh from 14-18 May 2019, for more information or to book tickets visit www.capitaltheatres.com or call the box office on 0131 529 6000.
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LQ | 0131 529 6000