Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Staging is everything in this intermittently engaging and often perplexing British import.
Even with its lack of content, the hour-long piece does manage to offer some wit, in the form of dark visual jokes that are accomplished through a combination of animation, live action, and music. Intermittently, you will laugh, be bored, perplexed, and sometimes even intellectually stimulated.
The show consists of a series of Edward Gorey-like vignettes that delight in exploring the nasty side of life. We discover nine different ways to kill a cat, watch two evil little girls torture their grandmother, and most ambitiously -- and impressively -- witness a global war fought by gingerbread men. It's not as if any of these little stories is fraught with any more meaning than you'd find in a Saturday Night Live sketch, but the methods by which they are told seems to be mesmerizing some audiences.