Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Bringing the Hunter S. Thompson’s novel to fruition on the stage is certainly an ambitious project and I am pleased to say that this adaptation directed by Lou Stein succeeds better than I could ever imagine it would. It manages to capture the drug fuelled rampant behaviour of both the novel and the film but also gives it s supercharged manic energy which is pure amphetamine psychosis. Or so I have been led to believe I hasten to add!’Where’s the ether that mescaline isn’t working?’
With an amazingly versatile small cast- particular mentions must go to Tom Moores and Rob Crouch as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo respectively- who manage at times to be several places at once and treat the source material with the respect it deserves. The dialogue is fast paced, quick witted and concise in equal measures whilst the constant flurry of activity never lets up but never feels overly forced, draining or even exhausting.It is a road trip to remember and one that revels in its morbidly psychotic inhabitants and adventures.
There is little point in me trying to explain the narrative as I assume most people are aware of the work or at least have a vague idea of what it is about. Suffice to say any fans of the original novel will not be disappointed by this production and even those who are possibly not overly fussed by it may even find something to enjoy in this more than competent production which does nothing to detract from the myth but actually adds something to it.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is on at The Pleasance Courtyard until 25th August at 4.30pm

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