Play weaves a tangled web

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‘I’m not unreasonable,’ says Adrian Lloyd James’s character in The Final Twist. ‘All I ask for is total control.’

‘I’m not unreasonable,’ says Adrian Lloyd James’s character in The Final Twist. ‘All I ask for is total control.’

He’s only a self-aggrandizing, egocentric, world-famous actor-manager after all. The character, I mean, not Adrian. Of course.

One bit of of the above applies, though. As co-founder of Tabs Productions, he helps bring this witty corkscrew of a play to the Pomegranate this week: their 100th production there since their formation in 1989.

Adrian is joined on stage by Sarah Wynne Kordas as his feisty young actress wife, and Sam Clemens as a young playwright with writers’ block and a gambling problem.

The playwright is commissioned to devise a play – and what do you know, it’s about an egocentric actor-manager and his feisty young actress wife! In the written drama he plots to kill her – and in the one they’re in, he plots... Or does he?

The result is a merry old tangle of twists and laughs. Throw in a pretentious doorbell and more than a few local references, and it adds up to the best fun I’ve had at the theatre all week.

It’s pacy, it’s ingenious and it’s enormous fun. See it if you can; it runs until Saturday, December 1.