REVIEW: Goodbye Gunther, Dukes, Lancaster

Frank Wurzinger in Goodbye Gunther.

Frank Wurzinger in Goodbye Gunther.

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‘Goodbye Gunther’ was billed as ‘A hilarious one man comedy about death’, and that’s an accurate description.

This hour-long manic monologue, written and performed by German-born Frank Wurzinger and directed by John Wright, was a fast-moving, witty and sometimes chaotic exploration of the ending of one man’s life. Wurzinger’s energetic performance with a diverse collection of some very unlikely props (an electric goldfish, a recalcitrant pill-tray), some beautifully executed body language and mime (vastly undervalued and essential skills for any actor) reminded me of a tradition evident in the work of Monty Python, Tony Hancock, Stan Laurel and Charlie Chaplin.

Wurzinger’s delicately and delightfully balanced text has the rare gift of laughing at the hero/ourselves with charm, vitality and a pathos which is uplifting and dignified.

MICHAEL NUNN