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What’s in a Name

Reviewed by Stevie Jay

This is a desperately funny piece of work created by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patelliete, translated by Jeremy Sams and exceptionally delivered by a cast of five.

A pleasant travesty about a garish joke taken too far, where a flashy estate agent with a litre size ego wrecks a dinner party by convincing the guests that he aims to name his unborn child Adolf.

Joe Thomas (Vincent), Laura Patch (Elizabeth), Bo Poraj (Peter), Summer Strallen (Anna) and Alex Gaumond (Carl) were simply superb…. truly outstanding. By far the favourite piece was Lisbie’s outburst at the end of the play (who will apologise to me)? It was drama at its best… purely genius. Joe Thomas’s performance was captivating all round amazing first as the narrator and then as the character of Vincent.

Excellent comedic timing, with dialogue that tears across the stage, was this 90 minutes hilarious breath taking journey from start to finish. The stage props were simple but effective truly reflecting a living room in inner city London.

Tremendously entertaining and humorous, even the dark themes in the play were comedically handled. A must go and see.

Rating: 4.5 stars

22 Oct 2019 – 26 Oct 2019
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Box office 0844 871 7607