In “A Greasy Spoon,” Ben Phillips takes on the role of the Boss of a café, and his performance as a lifeless corpse from the get-go is a true delight. Phillips masters the art of appearing expressionless throughout the chaotic and hilarious mayhem that surrounds him.
Ironically. corpsing would be the worst thing that could happen to an actor playing a corpse, but with not a single line to remember, he effortlessly embraces this role and proves he could indeed do it with his eyes closed, making it seem like a dream job.
The real comedic magic, however, lies in the talented performances of Lindzi Germain and Hayley Sheen as waitresses Many and Shannon.
Their attempts to conceal a body amidst the frantic comings and goings of various quirky characters, including a blind man portrayed by Anthony Gough, a vengeful unpaid builder played by Jay Johnson, and even an aubergine seller and a desperate customer, not to mention an inquisitive cop, will have you in stitches.
Adam McCoy, taking on the roles of all three of the later characters, has his hands full with plenty of lines to remember, and he handles them with flair and comedic brilliance. The fast-moving and slapstick nature of the comedy, under the skilful direction of Francesca Goodridge, breathes life into Alice Bunker-Whitney’s script, infusing it with just the right amount of scouseness to make it a perfect fit for the Royal Court stage.
The storyline of “A Greasy Spoon” is delightfully silly yet incredibly funny, with the one-liners coming at breakneck speed, leaving the audience in constant laughter. If you’re a fan of the signature style of comedy produced at this wonderful Liverpool theatre, this play will not disappoint.
Moreover, while the talented cast struggles to serve up the scran, or even a skinny latte at the on-stage Greasy Spoon, the Royal Court’s excellent chef, kitchen, and waiting-on staff do an impressive job of serving the diners in the auditorium before the show.
For an all-inclusive night out, why not book a meal with your theatre ticket?
“A Greasy Spoon” runs until the 26th of August, so don’t miss out on this side-splitting comedy. The talented ensemble, the expertly crafted humour, and the overall experience at the Royal Court promise an unforgettable night of laughter and enjoyment.