Review Round Up: The Comeback, Noel Coward Theatre

While performances have been postponed due to London moving to Tier 3 restrictions, we round up the reviews for the debut play from The Pin’s award-winning Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen.

(c)Marc Brenner

WhatsOnStage: **** “For all its smartness, it has at its centre a sweetness and an innocent enjoyment of comedy for comedy’s own sake that feels the perfect antidote to the complicated world we are living in, a vaccine against cynicism.”

The Guardian: **** “But if the sentimentality about double act camaraderie feels forced, the comedy sparkles. The opening scene purports to show Alex and Ben’s act malfunctioning live on stage – which strains credibility, given how fantastic their sketches are.”

The Independent: **** “Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen’s delightful production has already been put on ice until London is back out of tier 3. But you would not have to be an incurable optimist to book for the resumption of its run.”

Evening Standard: **** “One of the great delights of the show is the way jokes are deconstructed, rebuilt, discarded and resurrected, getting bigger laughs each time.”

A Younger Theatre:***** “The Comeback allows two immensely talented, up-and-coming actors to talk live on stage about the charms, eccentricities, and general fun of their industry – all the while telling a genuinely hilarious and engaging stage play.”

iNews: **** “It’s a tribute not just to a comedy legacy, but to friendship, the rapport of performers building a devoted, do-or-die allegiance that is surprisingly touching.”

The Telegraph: ***** “Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen – better known as ‘The Pin’ – are joined by a different celebrity guest each night for this uproarious comedy.”

The Arts Desk: **** “Tightly directed by Emily Burns, this is a very well-constructed show and, by the denouement, we realise there wasn’t a wasted line, gesture or props gag in the mix.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Throw in a luxury celebrity cameo, a hilarious singalong, their own song and dance routine and some lovely creative work from Rosanna Vize’s resourceful set, Giles Thomas’ sound and Prema Metha’s instructive lighting, plus a beautifully warm hug of an ending, The Comeback is just the kind of inclusive comedic treat we need right now.”

The Upcoming: **** “Directed by Emily Burns, the show is dynamic and full of energy. The physicality of the sketches is noteworthy and, coupled with Ashenden and Owen’s impeccable comic timing, makes for an exhilarating ride.”

The Reviews Hub: *** 1/2 “The Comeback is about the need for comedians old or young to find and retain their audience. It isn’t consistently laugh-out-loud hilarious but it is entertaining, revelling in its silliness and the power of the great comedy partnership.”

Theatre Weekly: *** “The comedy pair, directed by Emily Burns, have adopted some great material and written some exciting new material themselves, but at times the execution is somewhat lacklustre.”

British Theatre Guide: “Farce often depends upon accepting something that logic wouldn’t let by in real life but that’s no problem when things move as fast and precisely as under Emily Burns’s direction. The red house curtain central to Rosanna Vize’s design alternates between representing on or behind stage.”

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