Theatre: Urban myth
THE FISHER KING BREWHOUSE THEATRE TAUNTON
Friday 24 September 1999
The Arthurian mythology makes it easy to transport the plot from New York to Bristol, to substitute Clifton Downs for Central Park, although the theme song ("How About You? I Love New York in June") remains. The second-half romance between two painfully shy individuals, the awkward dinner party and the declaration of mutual attraction is an acting high point. Most of the dialogue (by Richard LaGravenese) is lifted from the film and has the wry charm of an urban folk legend.
This is an ambitious project and it is good to see a small company stretching its resources to the limit. The Innerroom Theatre Company hails from Bath and has some connections with The Natural Theatre Company of that city which has been entertaining West Country audiences with wacky theatre stunts for a couple of decades. Steven McMurray plays the laconic broadcaster and Mark Bishop leaps about as the man on the edge of sanity. Dawn Corfield plays the long-suffering girlfriend and Ashley Christmas plays the dream girl.
It is a mystery why the film company and LaGravenese allowed a stage adaptation of a purely filmic story, but director Andy Burden has done his best to bring it to life. Worth seeing, but get the video first.
At Taunton (01823 283244) until 25 Sept then a national tour to 4 Dec
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