Thursday, July 26, 2012

Review: Overtime

Overtime tells the story of John, a stressed-out corporate employee with too much work and not enough time. Overwhelmed by the fear that his incompetence is about to be found out, John turns to his former boss, Frank, for advice. The play is structured around this dialogue, with flashback scenes interspersed to provide context and background.

Frank is a likeable man full of wit and wisdom. The actor (Gerard Byrne) has good material to work with and uses it well, aided by the richness of his voice. Stewart Roche, playing John, faces a far more difficult task: making the audience care about an antihero who is devious and selfish yet also rather dull. John bears a slight resemblance to Christian Bale's character in American Psycho but isn't half so fascinating or chilling - he's mostly banal rather than evil. Roche does his best with this but ultimately I just don't care what happens to John.

Although Overtime is slightly predictable and at times could benefit from a higher tempo, it's nonetheless an entertaining and insightful performance.

Rating: 3 / 5

Overtime runs until Saturday 28th July in the New Theatre. Tickets cost €15 / €12. The performance starts at 8 pm each day and runs for approximately 70 minutes.

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