Raymond and Dutch in the Case of the Last Green Bag at The New Theatre

Raymond and Dutch in the Case of the Last Green Bag at The New Theatre is an entertaining tale of two bored, disenchanted actors who, after a night of heavy drinking, realise they are missing one of their most prized possessions. Through the lens of film noir they take on the guise of private detectives, trying and catastrophically failing to solve the very simple case of the missing bag.

Written by, and staring Oisin Mc Cartan, this is a funny and engaging tale of two hard drinking haphazard anti heros, fumbling through life with some dubious consequences. Oisin Mc Cartan and Shane Laird deliver strong performances as the two hapless  actors/private detectives, Kieran Walsh is hilarious as their eccentric friend and neighbour, while Joanna Kelly is mesmerizing as the femme fatale of the piece.

Raymond and Dutch in the Case of the Last Green Bag’ is well written, with a number of ¬†hilarious and cleverly composed portions of punchy dialogue, but overall it has a distinctly amateurish feel. A number of the jokes and references come across as insider jokes to which the audience is not privy. The plays ending, while certainly surprising and hard hitting, comes across as quite laboured and ham fisted.

Overall, the production is a highly enjoyable tale of misshapen adventure and friendship. However it would have been better executed as a pure comedy, rather then a stilted coming of age tale.

Laura Carroll

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