Friday 31 August 2012 | By

ED2012 Cabaret Review: Crab House – A Bloody Cabaret (Joe Kiely and Courtney Powell / PBH’s Free Fringe)

ED2012 3/5 Reviews ED2012 Cabaret Reviews

You’ll find young Australians across the world working in restaurants and bars; this company of Aussies have taken a different approach with their musical about the hazards of working in hospitality. As we took our seats we were serenaded with musical numbers played on the grand piano by Joe Kiely, creator and composer of the show. Once we got started the songs felt like real musical numbers and the cast delivered them well. Characters were very much the panto style figures of this genre, such as the “ruthless” Ruth, our villainess, who relentlessly bullies her weak husband. While the show was slender on plot, and the performers were restricted by having to act around the piano, the Australians all display their great potential.

Fingers Piano Bar, 4-25 Aug (not 6, 13, 20), 2.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Lia Sanders]


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