Reviewer: R G Balgray
You’ve all known him, guys. The quiet pal who keeps surprising you with a quirky one-liner, but plays it down; and doesn’t want to make too much of it, because that would be a bit of a fuss. Wandering around the flatlands of his middle years (no real “crisis” – that would be far too dramatic), musing diffidently on how strange it all is: this is Nick Elleray’s territory.
Australian – but no stereotype – Nick Elleray now sees himself in the afternoon of things at the office (too late to start on any major new task, too early to pack up for the day). He comes up wry when looking over the options open to him: the advantages of dead-end jobs, disappointing his mother when another girlfriend departs, wondering what next step to take in the internet dating minefield … He turns his amiable, quizzical eye on familiar middle-aged minutiae, providing easy company in his small venue, plugging into the everyday embarrassments he notices. No real belly laughs, for his is the humour of awkwardness and repression, but many smiles and nods of sympathetic recognition, even from younger members of the audience.
Runs until Sunday 28 August 2016 (not 9, 16, 23)