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Fringe Show Reviews

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High Tea

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As regular as Big Ben, British teetotalers James and Jamesy meet for a cuppa at the latter’s flat. It’s good to see them again, as they are odd blokes worth spending an hour catching up with.

Based on just their two physical comedy shows (including last year’s 2 For Tea), the opening scene of the boys getting together is the highlight. You know pretty much what each will do, and when he does it, you laugh anyway. This time, a confused Jamesy has a ridiculous miscommunication with the ever-patient James that is hilarious.

The second part sees the boys again set off on an adventure that will rely greatly on audience participation and good sports willing to wear props. When the theatre’s fourth wall that separates the actors and the audience collapses, James and Jamesy are washed away by a flood of tea. The comedy then becomes hit and miss.

Aaron Malkin as the bowler-hatted James and Alistair Knowles as the goofy wigged Jamesy go together like a Royal Doulton cup and saucer. Their characterization is so nuanced, the choreography so precise, they don’t have to do much to be entertaining.

— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)

From the Fringe program:

**** "Complete and utter fun" - CBC

****½ "True genius" - Beat, London

"An irresistible delight" - Stage Door, Toronto

"Meticulous physical comedy" - CV Victoria

England's well-loved comedy duo James & Jamesy (of 2 for Tea) bring you their NEW comedy. A friendship fused by a weekly tea party between two unlikely friends, High Tea is a story of finding freedom by trusting those you love. Bring a teacup.

BEST OF FEST, Winnipeg

PATRONS' PICK, Toronto & London

BEST PHYSICAL THEATRE, Victoria

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Updated on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM CDT:
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