The Pajama Men: In the Middle of No One
  • By Beth Kahn
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  • 20th Aug 2011
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  • ★★★★★

The Pajama Men are impossible to describe, or do justice do, in a review. Two men, in pajamas, run around the stage portraying a mad-cap adventure involving romance, intrigue, betrayal, time-travel and space exploration. Along the way they play a weird and wonderful cast of characters, ranging from a woman inexplicably peeling off her own face to a bird with a particularly pornographic mating call. It sounds strange and ridiculous, and it is. But it's also one of the best things you're likely to see at the Fringe.The two Pajama Men are brilliant physical comedians, seamlessly jumping from one character to the next - and even swapping among themselves - in a way that somehow makes this nonsensical and complex saga comprehensible, gripping and even moving. They hurtle through their surreal narrative at a breakneck pace, keeping the audience on their toes throughout, but more importantly, keeping the laughs coming as thick and fast as the twists in the tale.Watching this masterclass in character comedy, it's easy to see how this American comedy duo have won both critical acclaim and a cult following. With the packed house in the palm of their hand, they were clearly enjoying themselves as much as we were and putting everything into their performances.

The Blurb

A comic thriller about aliens and glory. ‘The Pajama Men create a cartoon of the mind, a shape-shifting world in which anything seems not just possible, but imminent' ***** (Guardian).