Critical Condition: Sally4Ever

Sally4Ever | SoHo2, 9.30 Sunday

☆☆☆☆ Julia Davis, the English comedian, actor, writer and director who created the original (and better) version of Camping, brings a new cringe-comedy fest to HBO with Sally4Ever and it needs to be your new Brit-com obsession … Imbued with the muted, knowing style of humour the Brits love so much and do so well, fans of that style will enjoy this to bits.” — TV Guide.

☆☆☆☆ “You pretty much know what you’re going to get with a comedy that has had anything to do with Julia Davis: dark, bleak, depressing, grotesque, obscene, sadistic, masochistic, weird, and deeply, deeply engrossing – for precisely those reasons. Still, even the most dedicated of her fans might not be quite ready for Sally4Ever, which is brilliant, but more than usually disturbing.” — Independent.

☆☆☆☆ “A wonderfully sinister look at what happens when a mostly unhappy person in a mostly unhappy life opens the door to a manic pixie dream girl who also happens to be toxically awful and hard to shake upon further inspection … Davis is always doing something audacious with her comedy and it works because she doesn’t ever blink or water it down, or laden it with sympathy.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆All of which sounds on the page, perhaps, like violent anti-comedy — mean, gross, and ugly … And yet its piquancy in service of characters and relationships makes it the funniest new show of the fall.” — Variety.

☆☆☆ “Exaggeration for comic effect is fair enough, but Davis frequently pushes this so far that her characters’ actions become ridiculous. Who has wild sex in someone else’s house without having first closed the door to the landing? Davis creates wincingly awkward comic scenarios rather than killer lines; but you could wish for more sophisticated set-ups than constant flatulence during a tense family dinner.” — Financial Times.

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