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Theatre review: Terrible Advice 
27th-Sep-2011 11:20 pm
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PREVIEW DISCLAIMER: This was a preview. And that was the disclaimer. This being the Menier, the fact that it's a preview was most apparent in the slightly overambitious sets (designer is David Farley) which clunk and wobble their way on and off, and include half a car which caused Caroline Quentin some trouble tonight when a tyre change didn't go as planned. Actor Saul Rubinek's first play Terrible Advice is a comedy-drama in which Stanley (Andy Nyman) takes bad relationship advice from old friend Jake (Scott Bakula,) which leads to disaster for both their relationships, with Quentin and Sharon Horgan respectively. There's some funny lines and some filthy stories told but there really isn't much point to the story beyond the basic premise that we can't recognise bad advice when it's our closest friends giving it - and since that's in the title I was left unsure why I spent two and a quarter hours watching the show. The performances are good though, Horgan being probably the strongest (and her American accent's pretty good) with Quentin a bit underpowered. Frank Oz¹ directs a show that could do with a little more tightening up before Thursday's press night, though the biggest thing slowing the show down is those scene changes. It's not terrible, but I wouldn't advise you to go either. Unless the idea of an oiled-up Scott Bakula still does it for you, in which case you'll be happy enough with the opening scene (although in my case the combination of bright stage lights and a highly reflective Bakula torso mainly resulted in temporary blindness.)

Terrible Advice by Saul Rubinek is booking until the 12th of November at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

¹vanessaw was surprised to find out that the same person provided the voices of Yoda and Miss Piggy. Despite the fact that they are BASICALLY THE SAME VOICE.
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