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Often Onstage review at the Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh – ‘inventive’

A promotional image of Figs in Wigs. Photo: Manuel Vason A promotional image of Figs in Wigs. Photo: Manuel Vason

Figs in Wigs is an all-female company seriously devoted to looking unserious, and the result of that dedication is one of the most delightful hours on the Fringe.

Its current show is a collection of clever and satirically effective theatrical in-jokes that sometimes look like drama school end-of-term party pieces.

We get an object lesson in how to milk a curtain call, along with a catalogue of different curtain call styles. A bit of arty interpretive dance is all but invisible behind a wall of stage smoke, while another is done to the accompaniment of a motivational video.

The frantic farce of a four-minute get-in and get-out between shows is particularly appreciated in the Edinburgh context, and the idea of an all-girl tribute to 1990s boy band The Backstreet Boys is satisfyingly silly.

One of the dance routines, built on walking in formation in business suits, is actually lovely, quite apart from its satirical content.

Just about every sketch and musical sequence scores, a remarkably high ratio for a revue. Some of the pieces are stretched beyond their optimum length, but it’s a minor criticism. It’s a case of a good show that could only be improved by being tightened up.

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Figs in Wigs' funny and inventive revue is a delightful hour of comedy