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A Man Walks into a Bar - Theatre Review

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An evening of bar comedy
A Man Walks Into A Bar is an absurdist comedy, written by David Geary and presented by Off The Avenue Productions. This is the theatre company's first production and it's Creative Director, Andrew Beban, is making his directorial debut and has written the original music for this production.

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Nina Marsh, Chris Yaacoubian and musician Sam Newton; Image courtesy Off The Avenue Productions

The scene is set. A Man, a Woman, a Musician and a plethora of fast paced A Man Walks Into A Bar jokes. Some you've heard, some you haven't but most importantly they are little snippets of what seems to be the story of the protagonists intertwined into their dialogues.

In between what seemed like more than a dozen vodka shots, Nina and Chris outdo each other with their bar jokes. While I wouldn't call each one of them rib-tickling, the delivery of the jokes, superb timing and the drama in between is noteworthy. They battle, they love, they laugh, they dance, she sings and they tell jokes. With pretty much no downtime, they display a constant level of enthusiasm throughout the show. I silently applauded the talented Nina and Chris for their stage presence and ability to engage the audience.

Nina Marsh and Chris Yaacoubian
Nina and Chris from A Man Walks into a Bar; Image Courtesy Off the Avenue Productions

Nina Marsh (who plays the woman) lights up the stage from the second she is on it. She has a playful yet infectious laugh and is delightfully natural on stage. She matches the Man's jokes , sometimes even completing them for him. In between her playfulness she displays a depth of emotion in her dialogues and credit goes to the writer, David Geary for the script and Andrew Beban for this direction.

Chris Yaacoubian (who plays the man) is fun and quick on his feet (literally) and represents just the man who walks into the bar. He matches Nina in every joke, every step or should I say every shot of vodka.

The show opens with a musical number, the Drinking Alphabet which had the audience laughing to bits. There are 3 other musical numbers in the show.

This season of A Man Walks Into A Bar is playing between 21st April and May 7th at the Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, Potts Point. Doors open at 7 PM for gig by Sam Newton and a 7:30 PM show start. Check out Off the Productions's Facebook page for all the buzz and news about their current and future productions.

Off The Avenue Productions has 2 more shows planned this year at the Blood Moon Theatre, The Viagra Monologues between 15 June and 2 July and Murder By Chocolate starting August 9, 2016.

The current show runs for a little under an hour and is preceded by a half hour live music performance by the talented Sam Newton. The Blood Moon Theatre presents a small and cosy theatre setting, so get in early and grab the front row seats, it's an affordable night of entertainment.

A horse walks into a bar, the barman says 'Why such a long face?'. Source: Borrowed

And in continuation.... A man walks into a bar owned by horses. The bartender says, "Why the short face? Source: Borrowed
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When: April 21 - May 7, 7:30 PM
Where: Blood Moon Theatre, World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, Potts Point NSW 2011
Cost: Adult $30
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