Lots of people think they can imitate Monty Python. Like the party bore who repeats The Dead Parrot sketch after too many rum and Cokes. But to replicate, rather than repeat is an altogether rarer thing, and it’s done so well by writer Roy Smiles that he could have been a seventh member of the original line-up.
Pythonesque is a tribute show to the madness and anarchy of the Monty Python team, but it’s not a simple and possibly rather lame rehashing of their scripts. Instead its written as a complete play entirely in the style of Python, with some of the favourite sketches worked and reworked into it.
Now in the hands of four of our funniest actors, it’s an absolute hoot and a fresh dose of comedy in its own right, not some trite tribute show for nostalgic over-50s.
Smiles, a Brit, shares the same humour as the original Pythons and entirely gets that they wrote comedy bordering on the slapstick but far too clever and wordy to descend into that.
Some of the scenes are so intensely wordy that in between trying to catch every crackers idea and crazy quip, and admiring the acting…
Source : Daily Maverick