EDINBURGH 2014 - BWW Reviews: TONY LAW: ENTER THE TONEZONE, The Stand, August 13 2014
It seems to be a recurring theme at the Fringe. The blurb for a show tends to be submitted in February and at that point the performer isn't really sure what it is about. The show is worked on over the coming months and several people have ended up with something completely different to what they set out to do.
Tony Law is 10 shows into his run and he still needs to refer to his notepad to determine where he is in his set. This is acknowledged and is well received as part of the routine. He rushes through the material, thinking that he would have improvised longer with some of it. The shambolic nature of the first half of his set is actually very entertaining and goes down well with the audience.
Things get a lot more interesting as he provides family anecdotes and goes off on a tangent with his stories. His material is strong and he seems a lot more comfortable with it than when trying to interact with the audience (which he admits terrifies him). Enter The Tone Zone is a bizarre but very funny show where you're not entirely sure if Law knows what he's doing, but it makes for a very entertaining piece.
It takes a little while for Tony Law to get into his stride but it's worth the wait.
Tony Law: Enter the Tone Zone runs at The Stand until August 24th.