What do you mean.

By Bruce Al Kraemer
Directed by Joan Kane.
Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall
Venue 278
Ends 25 August.


This is a hugely funny spoof on creating a play for the Edinburgh Festival. It is a mixture of boulevard comedy, clowning and absurdism. A young man wants to write a drama to please his parents but has no idea about theatre, stagecraft, structure, characterisation, production, casting, lighting or design. The gags are fuelled by his naïveté and the outrageous interplay between warring artists. Kraemer’s technique is clever and the spine of his text borrows much from knockabout, vaudeville and clowning. What I liked so much was the way this unpretentious, entertaining comedy was exploring the human grit so necessary to getting a show on in Edinburgh. Joan Kane’s witty production is extremely sharp and her ensemble is gifted and frequently outrageous. What do you mean is a delightful satire which had me laughing out loud with recognition.

Julia Pascal © 2014.