The Stables, 28 Vardon Avenue, rear of the Stag Hotel corner Rundle Street and East Terrace
Reviewed Saturday February 20th 2010 (See Fringe guide for dates, times, etc.)
Presented by Accidental Productions
http://adelaidefringe.com.au or 1300 FRINGE (374 643)
Bookings: Fringetix & Venuetix outlets
Krang! could easily be retitled Four Characters in Search of an Author; a director, and a dramaturge with a blue pencil, would also help. It consists of numerous short scenes that appear to revolve around the same group of people. There is Daniel (David Hirst), who Marty (Matthew Crook) calls Dad, and Maia (Caitlin McCreanor), who is the object of the dyslexic Daniel’s affections. Quite what the other girl, Miranda Pike’s character’s relationship is, was still a little unclear. She could possibly have been Marty’s sister, or even his girlfriend.
The Fringe is about new and experimental work and this fits that category, but it still needs some more work though, some trimming and tightening of the performance. Some scenes are incomprehensible but others work well and have some good, if not fully explored, concepts behind them. The quiz scenes drew plenty of laughs, and the audience clearly related to the idea of a place where all of your lost property ends up.
Although it is a very intimate venue and I sitting was in the second row, Miranda Pike was completely inaudible for much of the show, until she got to the point where she dons a false beard to play a hobo, at which point she displays a strong voice. All four offer energetic performances and great enthusiasm, with plenty of personality in their performances and, with an experienced eye or two being cast over the script to knock a few rough edges off of it, this could be a strong entry in the Fringe repertoire. I would be interested in seeing this if it goes through a development process with some outside assistance.
Reviewed by Barry Lenny, GLAM Adelaide Arts Editor