I’ve never seen Casablanca. Fine. Let’s all move on. Yet somehow I ended up last-minute-ing it into The Gin Joint Cut. Taking the form of a show within a show within a show, it was enjoyable enough without any Casablancan foreknowledge. The format, though, is problematic – a fake drama in a real comedy will never be effective, and instead of completely pulling the rug out from the classic, it seemed wary of pushing the boundaries too far on what seemed to be a faithful Casablanca audience. Nice laughs throughout, but a bit too Sunday afternoon tea for my liking.
Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut is playing at Pleasance Courtyard unti August 29th.
Tickets: £11 (£9.50)