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Trick Boxing

Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh

3 / 5

The Guardian,Wednesday 20 August 2003 02.27 BST

When Buck, a guy with mob connections and an eye for a quick profit, spots Danny dodging trouble on the streets, he knows he has found the champion boxer he has been looking for. But, with big money riding on huge bets, nothing is above board in the boxing world. And, besides, Danny is more interested in going out dancing with new lover Bella than he is on being light on his feet in the boxing ring. When things turn dirty, will Danny be able to survive into the next round? He could be out for the count unless he can come up with a few good moves.

This slick, little, light-as-a-feather show is so much fun, a romantic Dirty Dancing transported back to the Depression-hit 1930s and Fred and Ginger. Brian Sostek not only plays Danny sympathetically, but shines as an array of less sympathetic lowlifes, including the trainer. The dancing interludes are divine; the boxing scenes, complete with miniature ring and puppets, a knock-out. This show sent the entire audience, from cool 20-year-olds to pensioners, out of the theatre with a spring in their step.

· Until August 25. Box office: 0131-226 2151 .