Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 15 June 2018
The wickedly sultry Carla Lippis returns to Adelaide with the Australian premiere of her acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, Cast a Dark Shadow.
Welcome to the darker side of cabaret as our very own Adelaide talent, Carla Lippis, returns to her home town to take her cabaret-loving audiences on a devilishly dark ride. Her show is a mixture of both original songs by Lippis and her band, as well as interpretations of classics (keep an ear out for her soulful rendition of Bang Bang). From rock and roll to what feels like satanically inspired songs, and even what appears to be a sampling of techno, the audience never knows what they will be witness to next with Lippis and her band providing surprises around every corner.
Lippis is fierce; a dominating vocal and physical force on stage and at some points even within the audience as she confidently mingles with her cabaret fans. Her stage-presence, combined with her powerhouse vocals, is like a sultry punch to the face (in the most delightful way) as she unashamedly uses deliciously vulgar language and is both sensual and sinister on stage; Lippis isn’t afraid to act out her belief that scary is well and truly the new sexy (she might just be right on this one).
Lippis’ commanding vocals and powerful performance style are complemented by her enchanting lyrics that provide a truly theatrical element to the songs. Engaging stories are painted through the choice of descriptive and emotional language that draws the audience in deeper.
Her ensemble is also devilishly fantastic, happily performing the unusual, dark and unorthodox music to the delight and sometimes surprise of the audience (unusual instruments may make an appearance).
Carla Lippis: Cast a Dark Shadow is a raunchy, dark and sultry hour of cabaret fun and a winner at this year’s Cabaret festival for those who want a wicked night out.
Reviewed by Georgina Smerd
Rating out of 5: 5
Venue: Festival Theatre Stage, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide, 5000
Season: 15 – 16 June
Duration: 70 mins
Tickets: $42 – $52