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Max and Ivan: Holmes and Watson
Published on Monday, 18 April 2011
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Marlborough Theatre (venue website)
Comedy
13-14 May, 10:30pm-11:30pm

 Parental Guidance. Under-17's must be accompanied by an adult.
 World Premiere.

Max and Ivan

Here at FringeGuru, we’ve a real soft spot for Max and Iván: they’re instantly loveable, endlessly inventive and pretty darned funny, too.  They’re best-known as compères and sketch-show hosts, so this side-step into narrative parody is an intriguing change.  And we’re already giggling at their choice of theme.

We’ll bet a solid-gold guinea that it’s Max who’s cast as Holmes… which leaves always-cuddly Iván as the eternally baffled Watson.  The roles fit their styles like a comfy old deerstalker, yet their take on Conan Doyle is bound to be a fresh one.  Expect preposterous plot twists, groan-inducing gags and a few unexpected moves, as London’s greatest detective crosses the seas to a crime-ridden Chicago.

Of course, an inspired concept doesn’t always make for a great show; but we’ve been sleuthing on the Internet, and witnesses agree that their early previews shaped up well.  All the clues seem to point to another success – so if you’re on the trail of a laugh-along hour, the choice is elementary.

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