The Skinny review Scott Miller is a Lying Cheat
SCOTT MILLER IS A LYING CHEAT
Sonic Boom blast forth with the self-styled ‘one man rom-com’ directed by Clare Sheppard and starring Kenny Boyle, who co-founded Sonic Boom whilst at university to create theatre opportunities for people of their age group where there were few.
This immensely engaging comedy written by the pair doesn’t let a minute go by without a hillarious quip or observational witticism, whilst scenes of drama have the audience immersed in a deep hypnosis none dare break. Sonic Boom have really sunk their teeth in.
Delivering for Seventy-five minutes without a break is a formidable task, but Kenny Boyle is a formidable actor. His comic timing flawlessly extends through punch line jokes, ranting monologues, flippant asides, and particularly excellent character based humor.
Scott Miller is the tale of a slightly socially awkward university student evolving from romantic zero to three timing anti hero. While for the main part the story is relayed by the eponymous protagonist, Boyle also draws on a large supporting cast, seamlessly jumping into their skins, each with their own peculiarities and body language, from the droning brother to the boisterous and bawdy best friend ; the frustratingly charismatic and squeaky clean good guy dating the object of Scott’s affections; a professor of the science of SMS technology, and many more. One has to wonder if the pair had someone in mind when creating each of these breathing vivid comic depictions.
The script itself is a golden asset which deserves to be revisited and restaged time and time again. The final scene does come across a little affected, which is underwhelming int he context of the originality of the piece otherwise, particularly as the culmative line is given away in the title. But any other contentions lay not with what was there, which was excellent, but more in a lingering hunger for certain threads to be expanded.
There is a longing to see more of Amy’s frustratingly charming boyfriend, and hear how Scott taking her home distressed escalated into a fully fledged romance. The desire for more within such a play goes as much to its credit as to its detriment – thequality of writing is distinguished and its delivery exceptionally charismatic. (Antony Sammeroff)