New York Stories comprised of two wise-crackin’, fast-twakin’ tales from the late 30s. The words were taken from Damon Runyon’s memoirs and narrated and enacted by three of Brighton’s most accomplished actors. The simplicity of the minimal set allowed for the steady quick-fire delivery of language to create lavish images in the imagination of the audience. Ian Shaw drew us in with his excellent deadpan narration. Favourite moments included: Dave Mounfield playing an inordinately large ‘great lady’ who graciously agrees to take part in an eating competition, (it was the character garnish of Choo-Choo from Top Cat that had me howling); and Duncan Henderson slipping from ‘gambler–oaf’ at the door into ‘svelte, elegant, anti-eating siren’ who was answering the door. They nailed it. What a night, what a show, what a crowd.
Latest Music Bar, 9 May