Cabaret Festival Review: Rhonda Burchmore & Trevor Ashley: Twins

There have been many famous pairs of twins throughout history: Romulus and Remus; the Olsens, Schwarzenegger and Devito; and now Rhonda Burchmore and Trevor Ashley.

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Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 10 June 2016

There have been many famous twining of pairs throughout history: Romulus and Remus; the Bobbsey Twins; the Olsens, Schwarzenegger and Devito; and now Rhonda Burchmore and Trevor Ashley.

On their own Burchmore, a queen of the stage, and Ashley, a drag queen of the stage, are electric: put them together and they explode.

This is a very glitzy, almost Vegas style, production with costumes galore and sequins flying left, right and centre. Even the fantastic all-male band led by Musical Director James Simpson are decked out in sparkly white tops, finished off with white shorts, white knee highs and white shoes (Cute!).

The two performers are absolutely sensational in their dance, song and comedy, but what stops this show from being a total success is it’s coarse, trashy humour (supposedly included because of its 8.30pm timeslot). This reviewer is not a prude, but, let’s be honest, there’s only so many references to a certain part of a female’s anatomy that one can handle in a night. It’s real schoolboy humour material, although schoolboys would probably have to do detention if they were caught telling the Midget joke.

That aside, it’s the true talent and power of both these wonderful performers that gives Twins its Cabaret panache.

Reviewed by Brian Godfrey
Twitter: @briangods

Rating (out of 5): 3.5

Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Season: Until 12 June 2016
Duration: 1 hour 10 mins
Tickets: $44.90 – $59.90
Bookings: Book online through the Adelaide Cabaret Festival website or phone BASS on 131 246

 

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