Cabaret Festival

Eddie Perfect: Misanthropology – 2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Presented by 2012 Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed Friday 8th June 2012

Eddie Perfect, winner of the 2011 Helpmann Award for Best Cabaret Performer, is presenting his new show, which is one of the opening night performances for this year’s Cabaret Festival and an Adelaide première. The publicity tells us that this “is a kind of twisted social autopsy, examining the stranger cultural rituals we regularly find ourselves performing”. So what on earth does that mean, one wonders? The title, a combination of ‘misanthrope’, one who dislikes mankind, and ‘anthropology’, a study of mankind’s history, cultures and social interactions, gives a hint that this is going to be a particularly biased view of humanity; and so it is.

It all begins with the Big Bang and a disembodied voice providing a humorous potted history of the universe up to the point where we encounter the early human beings. In monologue and song, Eddie Perfect then looks at some of the weird things that people do, leaving any semblance of political correctness behind in the dressing room. Nobody escapes his critical gaze unscathed.

Barrie Kosky’s enormously long productions are ridiculed, in Too F…ing Long and, clad in tight fitting, bright fluorescent lycra, he launches into Self-Righteous Cyclist, a song that tears into tri-athletes. Eco-tourists also get caught in the cross hairs of his satirical sights.

Kerri-Anne Kennerley is attacked in a song in which she is depicted as declaring that ‘no’ can often mean ‘yes’, referencing her ludicrous comments about women who mix with footballers and whom she described as ‘strays’, after a girl supporter claimed to have been raped by Collinswood footballers. Kennerley was labelled as judgemental, harsh, unfair, insensitive, and stupid by footballers’ wives, rape counselling services, and others for her inane comments.

The true story of a girl, a friend of his, who was bought breast implants for her 22nd birthday, by her father, is the subject of Daddy’s Tits, this already rather strange action being given a lecherous, incestuous treatment to make it even worse that it originally sounded.

Perfect has a great singing voice and, with a fine trio of musicians behind him, his songs have musical value as well as being very witty. Between the songs, he has a good line in linking patter and a unique way of indicating a segue, accompanying an announcement with a high kick and a forward lunge. Director Craig Illot keeps the pace up and there was no doubt that Perfect’s fans were out in force for this show, judging by the huge applause.

Reviewed by Barry Lenny, Arts Editor, Glam Adelaide.

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Venue: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Season: to 10th June, 2012
Duration: 1hr 10mins
Tickets: $44.90-$54.90
Bookings: BASS 13 12 46 or here

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