Theatre review: A Killer Story
Edinburgh Fringe Scotsman review: A Killer Story, at Greenside (Venue 231), review by David Pollock
“I get paid by the living but I work for the dead,” says the private eye at the heart of this faithfully styled noir caper, deploying his best Sam Spade impression.
This three-hander (four if you count the live saxophonist who makes occasional interjections) is one of a number of lower-key shows on the Fringe which employ the style, format and language of the Bogart classics without bringing anything new to the party.
Here there is a hard-bitten gumshoe, an embittered business partner and a femme fatale dishing out passable performances all around, but the central mystery about the disappearance of a scientist who has been researching a chip which increases human intelligence fools us into thinking something different is going to happen.
The twist isn’t bad though, if overworked.
Originally appeared in The Scotsman