The Comedy About a Bank Robbery [Review]

The Criterion Theatre has the honor and pleasure of hosting in the heart of London one of the most entertaining and boisterous comedy to these days. Set in Minneapolis in the early 1960’s, the story follows the plan of young criminal Mitch Ruscitti who, after escaping from prison, is intent of stealing a diamond held at his girlfriend father’s city bank.

Throughout the play the plan starts to take form and, after recruiting his girlfriend Caprice, a corrupt guard at his prison and Caprice’s new secret flame, they will set everything in motion to steal the precious diamond of a Hungarian Prince. However, Mitch and his fellow partners in crime are not the only crooks in town and stealing the diamond doesn’t seem so easy after all.

There are so many things that can be said about The Comedy about A Bank Robbery, and they will never be enough to describe how witty, sarcastic and hilarious it is. From the moment the curtains lift until the very brilliant end, the audience doesn’t have time to catch their breath and stop laughing.

The cast is so energetic throughout the entire performance. The whole play is made of jokes, double meanings and innuendoes which help create such a comical and uplifting atmosphere. The situations that all these misunderstanding creates are beyond hilarious. There is never a moment in which the audience is not laughing. Particularly worth of notice is a scene in which two characters are trying to escape a potentially problematic situation and they engage in a game of charades and it just sparks up the scene in a magically funny way.

The scenography is dynamic and the actors move it around during the play by implementing musical sketches to entertain the audience while changing the scenes. So not only they keep the background changing, but they also showcase their many talents without slowing down or halting the play, which acquires a smooth flow.

The whole cast’s ability to lose themselves in their characters makes them all likeable to the audience, to the point in which every plot twist makes everyone gasp and feel emotionally invested in their fate. Jeremy Lloyd’s talent is particularly worth mentioning. He plays literally “everyone else” giving to all his characters a different characteristic that makes them unique even if played by the same person. His way of engaging with the audience is effortless and along with Tania Mathurin, Miles Yekinni, Hannah Boyce and Steffan Lloyd-Evans the play comes alive in a flare of entertainment.

By building up a simple story about a theft, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery brings to the stage the perfect play to entertain, move and engage the audience in such a brilliant ad successful way that the two hours spent with them are going to magically disappear, leaving you with the need to stay and watch this comedy again.

More details and tickets for The Comedy About a Bank Robbery can be found on the official website.

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Federica Roberti