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Break-Up of Cause and Effect at the Rosemary Branch Theatre

Published by: Carolin Kopplin on 28th Aug 2013 | View all blogs by Carolin Kopplin


I am the journey, you are the destination.

After presenting their show at Edinburgh, Larry Jay Tish and Rob DiNinni have brought this "thinking comedy" to the Rosemary Branch Theatre in Islington for two nights.

Cause is sick and tired of Effect reaping all the rewards. Cause goes on a diet, Effect loses weight. Cause dates a girl, Effect ends up in the bedroom having all the fun. So on New Year's Eve Cause decides to call it quits. After drugging Effect and tying him up Cause intends to run away to the circus, thereby ending a working relationship that has lasted for the past thirteen billion years. Cause has been practicing his juggling act but despite all his practice, it doesn't quite work. When Effect juggles the balls he is near perfect, because he is the one who is benefitting from Cause's training. This is the final straw. Now Cause is out for revenge. But what will happen once Cause is separated from Effect?

Larry Jay Tish created a mix of absurd comedy and philosophical wisdom that explores the nature of fate, destiny, karma, and coincidence - in a Mel Brooksian kind of way. Does Cause always lead to Effect or is there the possibility of coincidence? Has our future already been determined by our actions? God only knows, and in this two-hander God is female.  

The play is seriously funny and there is a lot of food for thought. At times it seemed that the actors were having even more fun than the audience and the production felt a bit too improvised and uneven but there were many good things in it. Larry Jay Tish explained that the show truly formed during its run in Edinburgh. I think it is definitely on its way to become a great show. The two actors had a great rapport with the audience and made those 55 minutes very enjoyable. There was some audience participation but in a very gentle and kind way. I would like to see it again.

Unfortunately, the run has now ended.

By Carolin Kopplin

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1 Comment

  • Cameron Lowe
    by Cameron Lowe 5 years ago
    Thanks, Carolin. A great review of this "seriously funny" performance.
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