Presented by: La Boheme
Reviewed 4 June 2014
“Let me tell you of a time, that the youth of today, couldn’t even imagine…”
The best part of walking into LaBoheme for The Sights and Sounds of Paris was feeling like I had just walked off the Champs-Élysées, (instead of Grote Street), out of the rain, (it was a very wet evening), and into a charming, Parisian cafe.
The Sights and Sounds of Paris, a multimedia showcase which screens video clips of Paris with a soundtrack of French and bossa nova classics, introduces Fred Fudara, a man who is passionate about both Paris and his guitar, and is eager to share his two loves.
Order a drink, sit in candlelight and allow yourself to be lead down the alleys and staircases of Paris. If you have never been to the French capital before, you will be teased and enticed all the way to your local travel agency, ready to hand over your credit card without a moment’s hesitation. If you have, you will be taken back to the moments when you walked those streets and heard those sounds, and then will patiently follow those off to an agent to book your return trip.
Fred Fudara is a mixture of charm and talent. His opening riff as he began the video element of the performance was worthy of the Adelaide Guitar Festival and blended seamlessly into a traditional rendition of LaBoheme. The evening progressed with a series of songs filled with love, loss, misspent youth and all other kinds of existential discoveries and considerations.
An appropriate combination of melancholy and romance, The Sights and Sounds of Paris is an experience as much as it is a musical performance. You don’t sing along, (unless you speak French…). You listen. You watch and you explore the landscapes of a city so far away that now seems so close.
There was also the added bonus of French pastries from Mulots Patisserie on King Williams Street. I am a sucker for both sweet things and men with guitars.
As Audrey Hepburn once said, “Paris is always a good idea.”
The Sights and Sounds of Paris has just one more performance at La Boheme this coming Saturday, so take my (and Audrey’s) advice and book your tickets now. This is as close as you can get to Paris without needing your passport.
Reviewed by Jenna Woods
Venue: La Boheme, (36 Grote St, Adelaide SA 5000).
Season: 4 & 7 June 2014
Age Restriction: 18+
Tickets: Adult $25, Group $23, Alliance Francaise members $20.
Bookings: Book tickets through the Cabaret Fringe Festival online or phone 0403 710 520.
The Cabaret Fringe Festival runs 1 – 29 June 2014. Tickets range from approximately $10-$30. See the full program of events and book tickets through the Cabaret Fringe Festival online.