24 September 2014

FRINGE part 4


Motherfucker
La Mama
21 September 2014
La Mama Courthouse
to 28 September


This director–writer team is one of my favourites and I'm sure that they are going to continue to be so in the future.

This one didn't work for me. If you're going to tell another Oedipus story, it has to come from a perspective that lets us see something new because we know the story. And if you call a play Motherfucker, there's so much expectation and assumption associated with the title that it really has to be about a real motherfucker rather than a sweet guy who has loving sex with his mum.


Dead Set
La Mama
21 September 2014
La Mama 
to 28 September


Sue Giles and Ian Pidd first performed Dead Set 20 years ago, and their rom-com-cabaret about being stuck in boring teaching jobs but wanting to make the great Aussie musical has returned to La Mama.

It's a wonderful and hilarious look back at indie theatre in the 1990s and it made me feel like I was 20ish again and discovering alternative theatre. There are some dated references, but nothing could take away from the joy, fun and gorgeous songs. I'd so see Humping My Swag.

The Moon in Me
22 September 2014
The Tuxedo Cat
to 28 September


Analysing astrology by reading the daily Herald Sun sun signs is like grabbing a pack of home brand paracetamol from the supermarket and analysing medicine.

There are some sweet and clever moments in this show and a couple of nice jokes, but it's over-written, under-researched and lacks focus; the links between the personal story and the reflection at how society loves a Sun sign column aren't strong.

I really want this performer to see Jono Wants a Wife.

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