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Bane 2

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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.

- Miranda Fay Thomas


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