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Theatre Reviews

Easy as Pie is the new title for last year’s Right This Way. Ordi­nar­i­ly, no mat­ter how much I like a show, I would let a few years pass before I would see it again. But as I didn’t review this show last year, and as it has been pol­ished with some help from some impres­sive mime coach­es and psy­chol­o­gists, I decid­ed to make an excep­tion in this case (I real­ly enjoyed this show last year). I was curi­ous to see if I could dis­cern any changes to the show, but owing to the lim­i­ta­tions of my mem­o­ry, I couldn’t defin­i­tive­ly say yes or no. What did catch my eye was how well they per­formed the mime bits of the show. At one point, James is tug­ging on an imag­i­nary rope and at anoth­er time, Jamesy is dig­ging a hole with an imag­i­nary shov­el. In both instances, you could eas­i­ly imag­ine that they were hold­ing the imag­i­nary props.

This show marked a depar­ture from the duo’s Tea shows” in which they first appeared at the Fringe. While still filled with plen­ty of fun­ny sil­ly phys­i­cal com­e­dy, in this show, cos­tumed as clowns, they are also telling a sto­ry. The sto­ry revolves around one of the most uni­ver­sal­ly rec­og­nized com­ic motifs, the pie in the face. For some rea­son, unknown to him­self, Jamesy will not allow James to put the pie in his face. I doubt that any com­e­dy show has put the pie in the face motif to such ver­sa­tile use. As Jamesy’s eva­sions of the pie con­tin­ue through the play, the ten­sion builds. Will the pie find Jamesy’s face?

In my opin­ion, this is James and Jamesy’s best show to date. I was spell­bound for the entire show. The phys­i­cal com­e­dy was per­formed to near per­fec­tion and the script was filled with wit­ty dia­logue deliv­ered with excel­lent com­ic tim­ing. As well as laugh­ing a lot, I found the pathos, as Jamesy strug­gles to get to the root of his prob­lem, touched me more notice­ably this time around. This is clear­ly a case of a rose by any oth­er name”. This is a great show, what­ev­er the title. Go see it again or see it for the first time.