ABSOLUT Fringe 2012 | Foil, Arms and Hog - Cymbology | Foil, Arms and Hog
Star Rating: 5 / 5
Venue: The International Bar
Review by: Sinéad Finegan
In a nutshell: A trio of mad-cap comedians morph their way from one scene to the next at break-neck speed in an evening of sketch comedy par excellence
Best for: Anyone who can’t decide between a show and a stand-up gig
Not for: Anyone allergic to fun
Bounding onto stage in full glory-seeking mode, the troupe – in their on-stage personas of Foil, Arms and Hog – basked briefly in the limelight, before transforming themselves into a trio of boring-voiced priests in an opening sketch that could have been taken from an un-filmed episode of Father Ted. Over the next hour, the three comedians hurtled through a series of riotous sketches that took them, quite literally, to hell and back – as well as the less exotic environs of: a suburban supermarket, a driving range and the Feis Ceoil. The brilliantly-acted characters are even more eccentric than the locations: from blow-up dolls, old biddies and Irish-dancing kiddies to Italian lotharios, evil supermarket-assistants and social miscreants. The scenarios range from the stereotypical (a first driving lesson) to the outlandish (a race of people with chairs for faces – no, really) and always end in an even more bizarre climax, before the on-stage cymbal crashes and they launch into another wildly different scene of mayhem and hilarity. The audience was with them every step of the way, and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house – it’s always a good sign when a show is packed to the rafters on a Monday night!
Story by EI Team | 09:00 | Tuesday 18th September 2012 | Theatre
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