COME Blow Your Horn is a sprightly Sixties comedy by playwright Neil Simon, who later went on to pen Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple.
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Murrayfield Parish Church Centre
Cue a series of New York apartment- based misunderstandings and quick-fire family squabbling. If you can picture someone like Frank Sinatra at the centre of it all, then you’d be spot on, the play having been adapted into a film starring the twinkle-eyed crooner.
Heading the cast as irresponsible playboy Alan Baker, Derek Melon holds the drama together well at Murrayfield Parish Church Centre, as his world is simultaneously turned inside out by his girlfriend, his little brother and his bummed out father.
Josh Sommariva, as Alan’s naive kid brother Buddy, captures just the right tone, attitude and tempo to bring out the best in his character and co-stars, although, the production as a whole lacked the quick-fire energy required to really make it sing.
It’s almost as if the frenetic urgency that underscores 1960s New York set productions has been amputated entirely.
The rest of the ensemble provide convivial turns, even if they all fall prey to accent slip from time to time.
Carole Birse’s Connie might well be markedly improved if played in the actress’s own accent, purely to make her more confident on stage.