Iconic Aussie entertainer Bob Downe is back, teeth and all, for this outrageously droll cabaret of sing-a-long favourites.
Performer Mark Trevorrow has been making audiences laugh as the Prince of Polyester for more than two decades, although this time the Murwillumbah legend has swapped his signature safari suit for a track suit.
From the opening destruction of Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman, Downe continues to roll out the laughs with his unique brand of silliness. He has a great voice and a fluid body, dancing around the stage in his inimitable style, but Downe can also tickle the funny bone with just a look, a pause or a turn of phrase, finely balancing both subtle and over-the-top comedy.
His renditions of popular songs are all good, from Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, and Men at Work’s Land Down Under to The Monkees’ Daydream Believer. He’s joined by local celebrity Anne Wills for a kiss and tell revelation and a couple of fine duets.
Between songs, Downe gives the audience a pop quiz and introduces his own brand of mock greeting cards. The hour long show is far too short, as is the season, ending this coming weekend. Get in quick for a tried and true laugh.
Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.
Venue: Arts Theatre, 53 Angas Street, Adelaide
Season: 8-17 March
Duration: 60 mins
Bookings: Fringetix 1300-FRINGE (1300-374643), Fringe outlets or online