Theatre review: Life Sentence
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: Life Sentence at theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39b), reviewed by David Pollock
At least this daft comedy has the decency to crack a meta-gag about just how ludicrous the high concept is.
When man-child Theo is diagnosed with immortality, it’s an excuse for him be even more obnoxious than usual. He’s had some very bad news, he says, so why doesn’t his best female mate sleep with him?
On second thoughts, maybe he should come as close to death as he’s likely to get by faking his own.
At once the piece seems to be trying for Pythonesque whimsy and a bit of wordy comment on the nature of mortality, but one acts to negate the other to an extent. It doesn’t help that the lead seems to have been written so we wish death on him at every turn.
MORE INFO: Life Sentence at theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39b), until 17 August
Originally published in The Scotsman