REVIEW: THE PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Eric Fischbein’s The Performance Review is essentially a workplace comedy.

By Alix Kemp

Imagining God as a middle manager whose job is in jeopardy to humanity’s lack of moral progress, Eric Fischbein’s The Performance Review is essentially a workplace comedy. In its best sections, it’s reminiscent of Michael Schur’s sitcom The Good Place, but unfortunately, it never measures up to the humour, approachability, or insightfulness of that series.

There are some clever parts of the set-up, particularly the board of other deities from across the multiverse that God is required to report to via conference call. However, the pre-recorded audio that plays most of the other roles could use some fine-tuning to feel less phoned in. There are a few clever jokes, and Fischbein himself does a fine job playing a harried manager who can’t quite deliver on his promises, but overall this is one of the less interesting takes on the “what if God was one of us” premise.

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