With and emphasis on physicality and quick-witted wordplay, comic duo James & Jamesy conjure answers to the age-old questions ‘Who are we?’ and ‘Why are we here?' More…
From the darkness of an unlit stage, two strangers meet, each with a chair and what appears to be the same task to complete: place the chair, then leave. Their encounter disrupts their awareness of ‘self’ and ‘purpose’ and propels them headfirst into an exhilarating discourse of understandings and misunderstandings.
“An outer space romp exploring our perceptions of life...It’s silly, clean, very sweet, and as intelligent as any piece of theatre you’re likely to see this year...A clowning play and the entire experience feels like a highly talented series of theatre games...Each idea is skillfully expressed with silliness, charm, and naiveté...Smith has orchestrated a profound and tidy work....A remarkable and seamless performance...A tantalizing aesthetic not to be missed." Full Review
“An extraordinary piece of theater that fits no mold but its own...A unique, thought-provoking delight. Two gifted physical performers embody the title characters...Although the evening is directed by Smith, there is much that is left to chance...Such improvisation invites ad-libbing, and sometimes an unexpected result puts the pair into a bit of a hole...Although the ending evokes Beckett, it’s full of optimism, befitting the previous 75 minutes of masterly clowning.” Full Review
“Clever two-man show...The performance stands on its firmest ground during the non-verbal, more physical clowning scenes and those that take place entirely in the dark...Malkin as James remains more abstract while Knowles as Jamesy displays a more youthful character...They play off each other easily...The give-and-take to the audience is fun, but at times feels a bit clunky...Thought provoking and funny, ‘James & Jamesy’ challenges us not just to contemplate but to respond.” Full Review
"Just two strangers on stage, each with a chair, as they meet and explore the unknown...Sound like a snooze? Not at all. James and Jamesy aren't your garden-variety strangers...What starts out as a dumb show, quickly transforms into a play with potent language...If profound questions drive the piece, child-like play is what makes it tick...This piece doesn't just cast new light on the concept of theater, but teaches some profound lessons on the mystery of being human." Full Review
"It is stylishly done and presents a charming picture of two beings finding their place in the world...The dialogue plays off of misunderstandings...with a fresh twist...The show is not one confined to the fourth wall of the proscenium. The actors move into the audience and incorporate that as part of the experience...The very soul of theatre comes from breaking the rules and exploring new ways of storytelling. ‘James and Jamesy: In The Dark’ does this with verve and charm." Full Review
"This intriguing and quirky theatrical production...directed with a playful ear for sound and movement by David MacMurray Smith brings whimsy and charm to this small stage, shining with a pure white light dose of sweetness and a funny depth of profundity...The two are masters at this dynamics, keeping us tuned in and playfully conducted for the most part...The ingenuity and precise grasp of theatrical capabilities are both child-like and wonderful." Full Review
"If you enjoy clown acts, or you are amused by watching young children interact, you’ll enjoy this. James and Jamesy are like two big children...It’s a little redundant and definitely strange. But there are moments of novelty and clarity...You might not leave with a hurting stomach, as the humor isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but you will leave with the sense that you’ve become a part of something inexplicably real." Full Review
"More importantly, they display little or no real emotion so it is difficult to empathize with them even when their growing discovery of each other should have stirred the audience. The closest they come to human contact is placing their two lampshades together and tickling each other with their fingertips." Full Review
for a previous production "People often speak of 'the magic of the theatre,' but this is truly magical. How we have established such a bond with them and they with us is unknown but somehow the two have taught us a game and we have learned to play it to our own infinite amusement and wonder...'In the Dark' is still as comic as the duo’s previous plays. But this is comedy at its profoundest and most essential. It may be a play on words but it is also true – 'In the Dark' is a play that enlightens." Full Review
for a previous production "'James & Jamesy in the Dark' is like a lost Samuel Beckett classic co-written with Douglas Adams and performed by a couple of Cirque du Soleil clowns. (If you know my tastes, you know that’s a high compliment.) Sweet and surreal at the same time, it’s less literal than their previous shows but more literary, and in my opinion even more entertaining." Full Review
for a previous production "Channelling Beckett, they consider existential questions on a stage adorned with nothing more than two chairs. As the title suggests, much of this performance piece occurs in the dark, and the duo's artistry ensures they maintain the audience’s attention even at times we can hardly see them...Watching the performers come off the stage and interact with the audience is mesmerizing. Audience participation on opening night sent the energy soaring by the end." Full Review
for a previous production "If you like absurdist humour, come enjoy this masterful blend of clown and physical comedy...To put it simply, James & Jamesy shone — both literally and figuratively...My favourite part of 'James & Jamesy in the Dark' was the audience participation...I preferred the sections of physical comedy to the more dialogue-heavy sequences, which felt too long at times...'James & Jamesy in the Dark' was fairly silly at times, but it was also lots of fun. " Full Review
for a previous production "Enough to keep an audience engaged and roaring with laughter for much of the 75-minute comedy, though the first third of the piece — filled with a lot of nonsensical, Cirque du Soleil-like gibberish — did move quite slowly. Malkin and Knowles are extremely talented at executing detailed physical comedy (even in the dark) and maneuvering through hilarious improvised interactions with the crowd," Full Review
for a previous production "Has clever staging and laser-sharp tech, but to my way of thinking, it misses out on key elements that make James and Jamesy endearing. Most notably, the friendship factor of the duo’s previous outings is missing...'In the Dark' is a show without warmth. Also missing is an ebb and flow of tone and volume. 'In the Dark' starts loud and stays loud..James and Jamesey still have charm in their tricks...And it has to be said that a large part of the audience found this show hysterical." Full Review
for a previous production "There are some nice moments. The clowns look at each other and realize that while one person alone can only see half of themselves, two can see the whole person. However, the show moves slowly...The cross-talk becomes dull because it isn’t taking us anywhere, and finger people — even ones climbing from spectator to spectator — have a limited range of activity...James and Jamesy need to find more content before they move out of the dark." Full Review
See it if Quirky explanation of time and place with comic clowns. The comedians were on point with being existential.
Don't see it if You do not like existential shows or ambiguity of plot.
See it if you are looking for a show that is unique and has potential to be good, but is far from it right now. The concept is great, the writing isnt
Don't see it if you are not up for a show that is 1 hour but all you really needed was 20 mins. Show becomes repetitive and boring.
See it if u want to see absurd human animation that reminded me of Pixar opening credits that persevered for more than an hour. Was cute for a minute
Don't see it if you want traditional, or clever, or funny or edgy. My friend fell asleep. I unfortunately did not. I like weird. This was just excruciating.
See it if You want to experience and odd, yet clever piece of physical comedy and experimental theater. A nice work worth rooting for. Go Brits!
Don't see it if You need a story or don’t like being in near dark for much of the show.
See it if You enjoy silly but entertaining performance art. It’s not thought-provoking, but it’s fun - and a perfect 1 hour long.
Don't see it if You don’t like shows where the actors come out into the audience. They also expect audience participation, but not too much.
See it if In soft blue light, two strangers meet, banter, interact, and create in the now. Anticipation required like waiting for God-ot for an hour.
Don't see it if Mildly interactive. Paperless ticketing. The effect is often ruined by the harsh lobby lighting from latecomers. Like a scene for class.
Also No reward for sitting an hour in darkness.
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