Theatre Review: Never Trust A Man Bun @ Stockwell Playhouse
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Some people like surprises, but when Lucy comes home to find that her best friend and roommate Gus has gotten back with his on-off girlfriend Rachael, the last thing she is in the mood for is the surprise double date Rachel has arranged the same evening. In Katherine Thomas' new comedy Never Trust A Man Bun we are presented with the classic sit com concept of a group of twenty somethings in an apartment, and the intrigues that follow.
Image courtesy of Stockwell PlayhouseThe play starts out with some lovely funny moments, and it seems to be a feel-good play, but as it goes on and the arguments increase, it’s clear that this isn’t just a upbeat comedy but that Katherine Thomas is also exploring a darker side of being a millenial. The actors are very well cast. Jack Forsyth Noble as the handsome yet mischievous “Man-Bun” Caps, plays his role with great comedic timing, and a dubious two-facedness that he very quickly shows Lucy and the audience, as we realise that he has a very different plan with how the evening should be going. Natasha Grace Hutt is very good as the ditsy Rachael, but it’s a shame that the character is written a bit one-dimensionally. Natasha Grace Hutt shows a great sense of comedy very early on, and it would have given the play something if she didn’t have to just play the “dumb blonde” stereotype.
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