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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 16, 2008 @ 10:07 am


    Fiona McCann

    From today’s paper, my review of Paranoid: “There is something effectively cold-sweat-inducing about receiving a Saturday-night text message to confirm a secret meeting place the following afternoon in the city centre for a Fringe performance, with the addition of: “Paranoid? You should be.”

    Factor in the show’s proviso, that anyone you meet over the 90 minutes of Paranoia may be in on the act, and you’re guaranteed clammy palms and a mind ripe for messing with. Despite that, and for all its convincing performances and quirky set pieces, Paranoid ultimately squanders the excitement of its mysterious set-up. While the premise – the sole audience member is taken through Dublin’s streets without any warning of what’s around the next corner – is novel and compelling, the theatrical strands fail to come together to produce any coherent whole, or even the promised, and by the end of the show, strangely desirable, state of paranoia.”

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