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Priory's 'alarming' choice; REVIEW.

Byline: Lucy Wilson

ALARMS AND EXCURSIONS - Priory Theatre, Rosemary Hill, Kenilworth, until Wednesday May 16. Running time 2hrs 20mins

TECHNOPHOBES should make their way to the Priory Theatre to see the havoc caused by telephone answering machines, bleeping smoke alarms, car alarms and other miracles of modern technology.

Michael Frayn's Alarms and Excursions is a series of eight farce playlets about the chaos caused by misunderstandings and incomprehensible gadgets.

The four-strong cast play 27 different parts between them during the evening.

Mark Grady stood out as supremely versatile, swapping from his roles as a lost German student, down-trodden employee and an unhappy husband.

Although gadgets came under fire, other irritations of modern life were also mocked.

Pam Collett poked fun at the "dreariness" of New Labour speeches.

Tom Atkinson made fun of corporate gobbledegook in a playlet that should have made me laugh but almost made me cry at the hours I have spent at similar meetings.

It was an enjoyable evening but made me wince several times when it got too close to the bone.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 17, 2001
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