Theatre Review: The Man Who at The MAC

By Peter McLoughlin @PeterGownArts

The MAC once again shows that the variety of their shows is only surpassed by their consistent quality.  The Man Who played over the last weekend in September, fresh from its success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; a success it undoubtedly deserves – despite a few flaws, it was an irreverent, baffling, and entertaining comedy.

The Man Who is a love-triangle story at its centre, but it’s framed in a world of invention and absurdit

y.  The comedy is sharp.  The use of language, in particular, is original and clever.  But without good actors, this play – like most – would fall flat.  Luckily, the two male leads – Seamus O'Hara and Thomas Finnegan – were excellent.  At times erratic and melodramatic; and at other times quiet and reflective, the two leads displayed an impressive comic range, and they – over the script or the video-segments or the stage-set – were the undoubted stars of the show.

Unfortunately, The Man Who was only showing over a single weekend.  Comedy fans however, don’t fret, because the superb Tim Key is coming to the MAC for one night only on 25th October, and – mark my words – that could easily be the standout event this year in Belfast.  Check out http://themaclive.com/ for details.

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