Brian Parks

Americana Absurdum Productions

Assembly George Square Studios

From 03 August 2017 to 28 August 2017

Rating: ****

Review by Philip Fisher

American playwright Brian Parks has a unique authorial voice. His satires pinpoint failures of the Great American Dream with surreal accuracy.

Enterprise has been brought across the Atlantic by Americana Absurdum Productions and is typical, focussing on a quartet of junior executives with ambition, trapped in a large corporation in freefall.

For an hour, an impeccably drilled ensemble of actors—Matthew Boston, Christopher Carley, Brian Dykstra and Jonathan Fishman—directed with precision by David Calvitto, hilariously catalogue their efforts to save the company through a long dark night of the soul.

The play comprises numerous short scenes, slowly building an off-beat but scarily accurate vision of corporate life today, when humanity has been subsumed by desire for ever-increasing profits and ruthless backstabbing is the order of the day.

You can’t guarantee anything with 3,500 shows playing in Edinburgh during August but it is a good bet that there is nothing quite like this sophisticated look at the world of business anywhere else in the city.