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Faulty Towers the Dining Experience is an uproariously funny five-star comedic feast.

If laughter is indeed the best medicine, then this show should be sponsored by Medicare. The two-hour, three-course production never settles for merely being funny; it constantly strives for a double helping of whacked-out brilliance in an entertaining, interactive performance of hysterical merriment.

There is so much ad-libbing and improvisation that Faulty Towers is an experience you can dine out on more than once because no two shows are alike. There’s an obvious affection for the original British sit-com and many references to that TV show, but the show also stands alone as a riotous treat.

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The performances are to be admired. Suzanna Hughes has captured Sybil magnificently; her laugh truly does sound like somebody machine-gunning a seal. Ron Kelly’s Basil is rude and so tightly wound that he could cut his own wrist. He’s frustrated and anarchic and definitely doesn’t mind showing it. Of course, his whipping boy is Manuel, who is superbly portrayed by Andy Foreman. The cast captures that rapport that exists between a trio who tolerate and irritate each other, in equal measure, with deadly accuracy.

Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. But the more it does, the funnier it becomes. It’s hugely enjoyable, gloriously outrageous and utterly relentless. You have to admire the ceaseless energy of the cast and the comedy performances they deliver.

Prepare to be gripped – sometimes literally – overwhelmed, delighted and entertained.

Faulty Towers the Dining Experience is playing at the Ambassadors Hotel until March 15.

See InDaily’s 2015 Adelaide Fringe hub for all our reviews and interviews.

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