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The jokes get funnier with all the back-stabbing, blackmailing double-dealers in place, the acting blooms, and even the musical numbers by Magee sound better.
And they believed snaring the double-dealers could save taxpayers pounds 2million.
It's easy to see why: Its protagonist, Gloumov, an unctuous but intelligent schemer who shamelessly panders to rich relations while privately venting his disdain for them, is one of the most appallingly attractive double-dealers in dramatic literature, and Monte's highly stylized and frequently farcical production made no apologies for him.