Pajama Men, Just the Two of Each of Us - reviews
Riotously funny US comedy duo create exquisite nonsense in their new time-travelling show
What you need to know
American comedy duo the Pajama Men continue to tickle audiences with their "riotously funny" show Just the Two of Each of Us, which has opened at the Arts Theatre, West End. The show premiered at the Melbourne Comedy Festival earlier this year and had a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as part of an international tour.
In Just the Two of Each of Us, the Pajama Men (Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez) present an absurdist tale of a time-travelling king and his wizard sidekick on a quest to kill a man-eating beast that returns every 700 years. Runs until 23 November.
What the critics like
This double act have "near-perfected their unique style of physical comedy", mixing pure gold slapstick with something subtler and smarter underneath, says Stephanie Merritt in The Observer. Allen and Chavez's delight in their own silliness is immediately infectious – it's gorgeously, riotously funny.
"It is all nonsense, of course, but exquisitely performed nonsense," says Bruce Dessau in the Evening Standard. The rapport between Allen and Chavez is so strong that at times they almost feel like one person.
Just the Two of Each of Us is "delightfully left-field and skilful, says Brian Logan in The Guardian. This small-town fantasy disaster epic, performed in nightwear, is subtle, spry and silly in equal measure.
What they don't like
The show is crowded with gags, making it "saggier than previous outings", says Julian Hall in The Independent. No complaints about the quality of the lines, but one wishes the Pajamas would reprise past glories for their ever-growing London fanbase. ·