Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre
Reviewed 11 June 2017
The Mikado is a very amusing piece by Gilbert and Sullivan and the full version has made me smile quite a few times, but I have never come out with my sides aching; this time I did! Colin Lane (formerly of Lano & Woodley) and David Collins (one of the Umbilical Brothers) have joined with Amy G, direct from Broadway and described as a ‘deluxe weirdo extraordinaire’, to present this piece of nonsense.
Musical Director John Thorn gave them excellent support, as did the lighting guy, called Nathan by Mr Lane who tried to convince him that he was running the show,
Lane and Collins work well together; Collins making frequent references to Lane’s time on Ready Steady Cook and Lane finding amusement in Collins sound effects. All three have surprisingly good voices and combined with their comic ability, it is the recipe for a great show. The swapping of characters kept the audience on its toes and the choreography, with fans, kept the movement interesting.
The pace was often frantic, but slowed a little during the “auditions” and other off (Mikado) script pieces and the guys lost the plot a little during the later scenes which caused the show to run over time. Despite this it was a very funny performance and another gem for CabFest.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Venue: Dunstan Payhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: 11-12 June 2017
Duration: 70min and a bit
Tickets: Adult $51.90(Premium) Adult $46.90 Conc $41.90