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2 for Tea
The two for tea are James and Jamesy, a pair of curiously entertaining Brits who meet weekly for a cuppa.
The latter is the foppish host who is hilariously obsessive about making sure everything, including the teapot and cups, is precisely placed right down to the nanometre.
Jamesy, played by Alastair Knowles, lunges and pirouettes like a ballet dancer around his flat, which he rarely leaves. James is his bowler-wearing guest and, as performed by Aaron Malkin, is the epitome of propriety.
The cohesion of the surreal story loosens when the pair takes their tea party to front-line soldiers and audience participation takes over.
Malkin, the straight man, offers some visual fun, miming the typing of a letter to the general and getting caught with an umbrella in a wind storm. Knowles meshes all of Jamsey’s quirks into a compelling creation.
Bring your teacup, they are offering Tetley tea to all patrons.
- Kevin Prokosh
(Reviewed at show seen at fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa in June.)
From the Fringe program:
England's well-loved surreal physical comedy duo lures you into their "delightfully bizarre" world with their innocence and "endearing chemistry." Their idiosyncrasies and the calculated formalities of their tea rituals bring vitality to the mundane, turning an ordinary tea party into a fantastical wonderland of stimulation and play.
Bring a teacup.
4 Stars - Edmonton Journal
"I actually peed myself."
"Fabulous intimate humour."
Director: David MacMurray Smith
Cast: James & Jamesy
Recommended For: General Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $5 for Fringe Performers
Warnings: Strobe Lights
Updated on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 8:30 AM CDT: