After the success of last year’s dark comedy
There were moments of sincerity amongst the comedy, drawing on the emotional impact technology has on modern relationships.
Daniel Henry Kaes succeeds in creating a script that is witty, relevant and relatable, and all the characters were distinct and easy to sympathise with. Personal highlights were the hilariously slow and mysterious Don who cropped up as a doorman and a barman, and the personification of Daniel’s thoughts, played wonderfully by Thomas Schlordt. Schlordt's place in the narrative kept jokes alive, added to the madness and also packed in characterisation that would have seemed forced if offered up in monologues. All in all it was a very well structured and sophisticated play.
2 Complicated made a feature of the technology its characters were exploring by integrating video montage footage and Skype calls on a TV screen, which was a clever and well executed element, moving scenes along and adding humour with the likes of Charlie Chaplin, constellations, potatoes and the mating rituals of birds.
There were moments of sincerity amongst the comedy, drawing on the emotional impact technology has on modern relationships. These perhaps could have been given more breathing space, but it was a small blemish on a brilliant play and another success for Punchline Theatre.