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One Hand Clapping

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Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

About the show

He leads a humdrum life in a northern town in England, but Howard has a talent: a photographic memory which he uses to win a TV quiz show. More…

Adapted from Anthony Burgess's 1961 novel, this is the darkly comic story of Howard and Janet Shirley, whose boring lives are turned around when he wins a game show. With his winnings, he and Janet travel the world, seeing everything they can. But upon their return, a disillusioned Howard makes a sinister proposition to Janet. Presented by 59E59 as part of their "Brits Off-Broadway" Festival.

Member Reviews (1)


Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like period pieces, you like dark comedies, you like Anthony Burgess.

Don't see it if You want something upbeat.

May 18th, 2015
"If its darkly comic story doesn’t seem especially insightful today, it’s because so many others have mined the same territory in the past 54 years...It’s amusing, though at this point not blazingly original...'One Hand Clapping' is more history lesson than revelation."
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May 15th, 2015
"While 'One Hand Clapping' has moments of total absurdity, the characters are relatable and wholly interesting. The cast does a great portrayal of the story's humor, drama and action...You will deeply consider this show's characters, laugh a little, raise your brow and gasp. 'One Hand Clapping' i...
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May 11th, 2015
"'One Hand Clapping' is a throughly enjoyable night of theatre...It's a show for fans of 50s game show nostalgia, dark comedy, and general anglophiles alike, and is not to be missed as a part of the always unbeatable Brits Off-Broadway festival."
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May 11th, 2015
"More than half of the play is narrated, keeping it from building much dramatic momentum. There are far too many lengthy pauses between scenes, creating a choppy rhythm. And the climax, which involves life-or-death matters, is insufficiently dramatic...A not entirely successful adaptation, the wo...
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