I have been collecting Where Once Were Wonder reviews since Daniel Kitson started to tour with that stand-up show. Since it seems like readers have found that helpful, I decided to collect the reviews for Daniel Kitson's new theater show "As of 1.52pm GMT on Friday April 27th, This Show Has No Title."
Exeunt Magazine reviewer Daniel B. Yates describes the play as "a piece full of artistic self-excoriation and vertiginous auto-critique." Yates notes that "And so instead of as before, segueing into sparkling comic moments, he has found a form in which his comedy can co-exist with and antagonise his storytelling." Yates describes the play as "architecturally astounding."
Reviewer for Culture Wars, Matt Trueman called the show a "brilliantly self-conscious corkscrew." Describing the layers of the show, its "total knowingness" and the audience's own fanboy role in this work, he concludes it's "a total, unadulterated pleasure throughout."
Edinburgh Evening News says the show is "full of craft, momentum, invention and outright hilarity."
Blogger and reviewer John Murphy calls the play "clever, brilliantly written and spell-blindingly performed."
Edinburgh Guide gives
the show five stars and notes "Daniel Kitson takes his audiences on
journeys....but we frequently arrive at destinations that are very
different from those we expected an hour or so before." The positive
review celebrates Kitson's achievement but finds it's "a nightmare to
try and encapsulate their achievement afterward."
The Skinny gives the show five stars and concludes the show is about the "power of ideas" and finding it "mesmeric, moving."
Three Weeks Edinburgh also gives the show five stars saying it is "one of the most intelligent, self-aware pieces you’re likely to see."
The London Evening Standard
gives it four stars and says that the show is "terrifically clever and
frequently humorous, but it lacks that crucial component, heart."
gives it four stars and says "It's breathtaking stuff at times, if not
for Kitson's structural shenanigans then for his wordplay and lyricism."
gives the show four stars and says Kitson "writes about the process of
storytelling itself" finding it's "all very clever, meta-writing, which
he revels in" but that it "comes at the cost of some emotional tug."
theatre critic for The Scotsman gives the show four stars and notes
that when Kitson "ventures into wheat he himself calls the solipsistic
world of meta-theatre, everything in its unappealing territory turns to
gold." She calls Kitson's use of language "jokey, intimate, passionate,
and so minutely perceptive."
Time Out gives the play four stars saying it is " a non-show about not being able to write a show which the comedian manages to pull off via a combination of charm, wit and sheer audacity."
The List gives the show four stars saying the work involves "pleasantly mind-bending, audience-writer-reviewer reflexivity, and more laughter than previous plays" but "crying in the foyer afterwards is notable by its absence." Concluding however that the challenging format results in Kitson slam-dunking it again.
at The Guardian gives it three stars finding that "In other hands this
might be rather dull, but Kitson is incapable of boring anyone" and
calling it "astonishingly virtuoso."
gives the show three stars and calls the show a "self-reflexive form of
anti-theatre cum artistic suicide note." He may have created something
his fans will revel in but this reviewer concludes that Kitson
"spectacularly fails to come up with anything for his new show."
Crystal Bennes for Spoonfed gives the show three stars (despite being the subject of an uncomfortable Kitson heckle) finding that the show "ends up being too much about the structural fireworks of the visible
framework of a show" and it "feels as if it has nothing to say." She says "Kitson is a
talented performer with an intellect as sharp as a shard of glass" but wishes he'd "written a theatrical
narrative with an idea at the centre bigger than just himself."
Dominic Cavendish at The Telegraph gives the show two stars and calls it "elaborately empty entertainment a sorry waste of his undoubted
talent– and our time."
Fest Magazine gives the show two stars and describes it as "bravura display of theatrical reflexivity, self-referential linguistic
dexterity and post-modern delight in fiddling with dramatic convention." But Evan Beswick complains that "just because Kitson knows this is self-absorbed, esoteric, showing off doesn't necessarily forgive its being so."
UPDATE: My review. For what it's worth. It's like trying to stick a label on a needle.