Monday, 31 March 2008

Primrose Hill & Kissing for Australia (Review)



A funny thing happened at the theatre on Sunday. Half an hour each per story was the perfect length to feel the sharp effect of Adam Zwar's writing, and both Paul Denny and Adam's performance talent. Paul came on strong stringing us along a celebrity misadventure as only a lost Australian backpacker in London could. In a weird way the piece almost felt absurdest in its setting but then again, celebrity is absurd by default, so the story almost made perfect sense. Denny always surprises me in his ability to swing into characters without much effort, even between Liam and Noel Gallagher - not an easy task playing two brothers talking to each other.

Zwar's mind must revel in odd observations because some of the signature habits of the rich and famous were hilarious, and the sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll lifestyle, although presented true to form here, is done with eccentric originality. There are some images from Primrose Hill that will stay with me for a long time afterwards but I wont say what they are, you'll giggle in abundance though.

On a slightly different angle, Adam's performance piece, "Kissing for Australia" is like an Agony Aunt from hell. I commented to Adam afterwards in the pub that the ending is very Russian, and I imagine the Russians remaining serious through-out the whole play and then bursting into cachinnation at the end. All the way through expecting to sympathise with this character but smelling something rotten, I kind of figured it to be a reverse sort of Hamlet, and the Denmark stench, is Hamlet himself. But this play is about the world of the small time white collar office worker and of course the only thing that doesn't come with a salary package, a relationship.

On boozing up mildly with the boys afterwards I enjoyed hearing the story of when Geoffrey Rush came and saw the play. Apparently the audience waited for Geoffrey to laugh before they felt comfortable doing so, much to Adam and Paul's consternation because Geoffrey takes a little while to warm up.

I had fun, and I liked watching something more narrative based as part of the Melbourne Comedy Festival rather then stand-up or performance pieces relying on visuals and costumes.

Now go and read a real review.

Venue: La Mama at the Carlton Courthouse, 349 Drummond Street, Carlton
Dates: March 25 – April 12, 2008
Times: Tuesdays and Sundays at 6.30pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays at 8.00pm
Tickets: $20 (full) / $10 (conc.)
Duration: 80 minutes approx
Bookings: 9347 6142 or bookings@lamama.com.au

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