Review: In Conversation With

Friso de Graaf 27 November 2019

This show is bonkers. It is also brilliant.

In Conversation With follows Adam and Eve who are back on a press tour to answer the public’s questions about their fame, good looks and general life success. Except that this isn’t Adam and Eve from times gone by, but a modern day reincarnation that is every bit as vain and self-righteous as the celebrities who abound popular culture today.

If this premise seems a little odd, you haven’t seen nothing yet as Emil Sands and Molly Windust use this structure to put together an hour of the hysterical sketches and character pieces with every one as mad as the last. And it is in the madness where the two of them shine, none of the ideas are conventional, the jokes seem to come from where you least expect it, and the end result is a hilarious hour-long rollercoaster of a show that leaves you struggling to keep up.

Image credit: Jessi Rogers

However, while the show is silly (and it definitely is silly, it features a love ballad directed towards a chaise-lounge for goodness sake) you shouldn’t take that as a sign that the show isn’t smart or well-crafted either.

The jokes in this show are sharp and witty and thrown around with casual abandon, it doesn’t matter if you don’t fall off your chair laughing at this joke because the next one will be along shortly and it’s just as good. By the time the punchline lands the show has already moved on, which keeps the play moving at a breakneck pace with the audience just enjoying the ride.

The show is just two people, and for an hour that might get dry or stale, but the chemistry between Sands and Windust which allows them to pull off any slight hiccups with grace and humour that has the audience onside from the go. The minimalist set and highly stylised white costumes as well give the show a clean finish without detracting from the insanity happening before our eyes. The show is not particularly slick but it doesn’t matter, the two stars manage to make every action part of the fun, even the pre-recorded audio seems to occasionally forget their lines which makes you wonder if any of the mistakes are even real. It wouldn’t be a surprise if everything were planned in this show. It also wouldn’t be a surprise if nothing were. With the audience in hysterics throughout does it even matter?

Image credit: Jessi Rogers

In Conversation With in its publicity doesn’t describe itself as a sketch show, it calls itself the sketch show, because of course it does, but what has been created here is more than a sketch show, it is an hour on beautifully unhinged absurdity. We are often told that we live in a world gone mad, but compared to the world of In Conversation With, we haven’t seen anything yet.

Image credit: Jessi Rogers

4 stars.