Dave is on the beach, in Mexico, drinking a margarita. And then another. He drifts off… into a whirl of absurdities. Cross-dressing, community affairs, phone-induced paranoia, appalling revelations, the Five Minute Detective, a four-way divorce, a spirit-reading summoning a flasher, a singing Theoretical Physicist explaining String Theory with a ukulele, the modern technology-addled brain (with robotic legs), the Geneva Convention’s rules of comedy flouted, disappointed parents — and finally, the Shy People’s Encounter Group, where a riot breaks out, ending, harmoniously, in Disco Therapy. Funny where nine margaritas can take you.
Old-school comedy craftsmanship meets youthful exuberance and irreverence — head on, and without safety belts. As Chekhov said: “I write one thing, the actors write another thing, together we make a play.” Benign rather than sour, surreal and off-the-wall, the watchword is fun. “Once I’d written and polished the script”, Richard says, “the main note I gave the cast was: ‘Off you go. It’s your show now.’ Coming back to writing sketch comedy has been such a joy. It all came flying out. I can’t thank these kids enough for inspiring me to come up with all this strange and surprising stuff.”
I’m thrilled that Richard is brining his considerable talents to the Edinburgh Theater Fest. His wily wit and uncanny theatrical instincts will no doubt enthrall and enchant any and all who choose to venture through his theatrical botanicum. So make yourself comfortable and turn off your cell phones….the ceremony is about to begin!
~ JACK BLACK
02-28 August 2017 @ 2PM (3PM)
Underbelly Med Quad, Teviot Place,
EH8 9AG Edinburgh