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The Boom Jennies: We Want Action

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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Pleasance Courtyard
4-30 August, 14.10

I’d love to open this review with some sort of pithy fish pun, but unfortunately for me The Boom Jennies use them all up during the course of their show. We Want Action follows the United Campaigners on Ocean Conservation (UCOC), who lead the war against over-fishing one ineptitude at a time. Their unlikely foursome is doomed to fail from the start – which, of course, makes for a really fun comedy show.

Lizzie Bates and Anna Emerson are especially hilarious, giving the kind of stand-out performances that are all the more necessary in a comedy play as opposed to a sketch format. However, while the acting is strong enough to carry a long-form piece such as this, the script could use a bit more development to ensure proper cohesion between scenes. The plot feels a little stop/start; given the claustrophobia of the environment, the scene breaks make what could be a tight and sparky narrative seem rather disjointed. Despite this, the jokes are strong and the troupe show excellent promise.

- Miranda Fay Thomas


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