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Subs, Cock Tavern Theatre

Subs, Cock Tavern Theatre

Sad comedy about a men’s magazine fails to relaunch itself

Man at work: Naomi Waring as Anna and Michael Cusick as Finch in 'Subs'Richard Hubert Smith

The world of the media offers plenty of opportunities for satire, but the idea of a comedy about sub-editors at first glance seems odd. After all, the sub-editors, or subs, are hardly journalism’s most glamorous beings: these office-bound nerds spend their working days correcting the spellings of journalists and cutting their copy, while penning pun-heavy headlines and writing captions to pictures. Yet, as R J Purdey’s play - which was a sellout hit at this venue last year and now returns for another run - makes clear, there is some comic juice to be squeezed out of the dreams and tribulations of these worker ants.

Although this lame attempt at geezer chic is sprinkled with cheerful vulgarity, most of the dialogue is not so much pedestrian as dead on its feet

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