Fringe Review: Life The Show

If you’re after an evening of epic entertainment, grab a bottle of wine and settle in. Life the Show is what Fringe is all about.

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Life The Show
Overall
4

Strut & Fret Production House have delivered their newest show

Reviewed February 20th 2019, Fortuna Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights

The geniuses behind shows like Blanc de Blanc, LIMBO, and Cantina, have brought their newest show; Life, to Adelaide for this year’s Fringe. It comes with a trail of great reviews, and a cast with amazing credits behind them, including Cirque du Soleil, Violent Femmes, Velvet, LIMBO and La Clique.

While the 90 minute show might be a touch long, there is never a dull moment, with an eclectic, abstract collection of moments, strung together loosely by the show’s central characters,  international clowning royalty Goos Meeuwsen and Helena Bittencourt. Their ‘journey’ through life, including meeting, marriage, their ‘first time’, and even having a baby, punctuates the rest of the talent in the show.

There’s everything you’ve come to expect from a Strut & Fret Production, with a mix of aerial arts, cabaret, dance, music, clowning and a host of special effects including fun light projection injections, cast upon a wall of smoke.

Highlights of the two-part show, which was buffered by a 15 minute quick-lets-get-more-wine intermission, have to centre around Tim Kriegler (La Clique). His aerial feats were nothing short of breathtaking. Rapturous applause at the end of his second performance made it clear that he was the star of the show.

A tap dancing routine by Hilton Denis (LIMBO) was also spectacular, and made the most of the fast-paced, live music and mix ups that featured throughout the show.

The saxophone player, Blaise Garza, who hails from Violent Femmes, also won the crowd over with a spectacular display, which you’ll need to see to believe.

There was so much to love about this show, but it was a tad slow and awkward at times, and left us feeling slightly confused. The amazing physical acts, dancing, and circus feats pumped the crowd up, but the musical and comedic spacers between them levelled the audience out.

Overall, it’s still a show packed with talent, and it’s a great way to spend your night. If you’re after an evening of epic entertainment, grab a bottle of wine and settle in. Life the Show is what Fringe is all about.

 

 

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