Laurence and Gus Men in Love, Pleasance Upstairs, Edinburgh
Breezy affair of the heart takes heat out of a frenzied Fringe
Monday 09 August 2004
Laurence and Gus look set to become an afternoon Fringe fixture. Their solidly acted but gently surreal brand of humour is a convivial way to spend tea-time, an amusing breather before wading into the frenzied, random jamboree that is the Fringe in the evening.
As with last year's afternoon show A History of the World in Five and A Half Sketches, Men In Love is a breezy affair, which is especially welcome given that, at least temperature-wise, you are sitting in one of the hottest venues on the Fringe.
The Dead Ringers co-writer Laurence Howarth is the vulnerable, earnest member of the duo while Gus Brown is the over-confident salesman, a combination through which men's foibles in the face of love are effectively portrayed. Though the opening sketch, tied up at the end, suggests a classic exploration of the unanswerable question "What do women want?", the show explores the title theme more broadly. We have love in the eyes of a stalker, Crusader Knights, pretending not to vie for the hand of a princess, and a Greek mythology mélange on the link between marriage and foliage. This is nice comedy in that it is nicely written with a measured sprinkling of one-liners and pop-culture references, nicely paced. You leave, not with aching sides, but with a smile on your face.
GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival
TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Amber Peat: Body found in search for missing 13-year-old who left house after argument with her parents
- 2 California man brutally beat 82-year-old Sikh grandfather he mistook for 'one of those people'
- 3 School kitchen manager 'fired from Colorado school for giving hungry students free lunches'
- 4 Amy Schumer: 'I'm 160lbs and can catch a d**k any time I want'
- 5 Isis executes three gay men by dangling them from top of 100ft building and letting go
Syd Barrett's inner visions
Britain's Got Talent 2015: Simon Cowell 'feels like an idiot' after Jules and Matisse scandal
Game of Thrones season 6: George RR Martin doing 'anything he can' to get new book The Winds of Winter out before next HBO series airs
Game of Thrones season 5 episode 9, The Dance of Dragons: Jon Snow returns to The Wall after epic Battle of Hardhome
Prison Break revival series planned by Fox with Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers