Making light of the shadowy world of film noir isn’t that uncommon on
stage and screen, but you’d be hard pushed to find anyone better at it
than Joe Bone. Having debuted Bane at last year’s
festival and been met with enviable success, Bone’s sequel will delight
old fans as well as earn him some new ones, as anti-hero Bruce Bane
encounters new enemies and battles his personal demons.
All one-man-shows are difficult feats, but Bone never falters
as he switches between multiple characters, creating a metropolis with
a flicker of his fingers and a buzz of his lips. His impeccable control
makes it look effortless; the only sign of how hard he’s working is the
sweat on his brow. Ben Roe underscores the hour with haunting guitar,
creating new dimensions within Bone’s already vast imaginings. Whether
or not you know your Blue Dahlia from your Sunset Boulevard, this show
takes the grim world of film noir and suffuses it with infectious joy.