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Meow Meow in Feline Intimate – Cabaret Festival

Meow Meow took the Dunstan Playhouse by storm, and left it in ruins, in an action packed performance.

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Meow Meow Feline Intimate Cabaret FestivalPresented by the Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed Sat 19th June 2010

http://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com

Venue: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: 8PM 20th June
Duration: 1hr
Tickets: Premium 44.95/adult $34.95/conc $30.95
Bookings for all Cabaret Festival shows: BASS 131 241 or http://www.bass.net.au

Meow Meow took the Dunstan Playhouse by storm, and left it in ruins, in an action packed performance that definitely pleased her many fans and left those who had not seen her before wondering what had hit them. It would take forever to try to describe, let alone explain one of her shows to the uninitiated. They have to be experienced, and they are certainly an experience! Meow Meow takes cabaret by the throat and shakes it until it begs for mercy.

From the moment she entered, she held the audience in the palm of her hand, seducing, cajoling and ordering them about as the mood took her, and we loved it. After a false start, in which she claimed she thought she was in Spain and had begun her Spanish version of the show, she came to Amada Palmer’s dark song, Missed Me, recorded by the Dresden Dolls, with plenty of hilarity along the way through her very clever delivery. Even Jacques Brel’s normally very poignant song, Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Go), doesn’t pass without masses of hysterical laughter. Along with the comedy, though, we do have a chance to hear what a magnificent singing voice she possesses.

Her show is, of course, very visual and her crowd surfing, with the long and chaotic lead up to it, has to be seen to be believed. The ‘volunteers’ recruited for this, and other sections of her performance, are hilarious in their embarrassment and confusion.

Unfortunately, although John Thorn is a superb accompanist, through no fault of his own the piano was rather too dominant in the sound mix and, at least where I was sitting near the rear of the auditorium, many of Meow Meow’s stage-whispered asides and comments, a large part of her act, were inaudible, made worse by a rather muddy vocal mix. I have no idea why so many sound technicians in this city feel the need to overemphasize the bass and end up with an indistinct sound mix.

Time flew past in Meow Meow’s company, as it always does, and we were all too soon at the end of the performance. A standing ovation, huge applause and the audience filtered out, still wearing broad smiles. C’est magnifique!

Reviewed by Barry Lenny, Arts Editor Glam Adelaide.
Presented by the Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed Sat 19th June 2010

http://www.adelaidecabaretfestival.com

Venue: Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre
Season: 8PM 20th June
Duration: 1hr
Tickets: Premium 44.95/adult $34.95/conc $30.95
Bookings for all Cabaret Festival shows: BASS 131 241 or http://www.bass.net.au

Meow Meow took the Dunstan Playhouse by storm, and left it in ruins, in an action packed performance that definitely pleased her many fans and left those who had not seen her before wondering what had hit them. It would take forever to try to describe, let alone explain one of her shows to the uninitiated. They have to be experienced, and they are certainly an experience! Meow Meow takes cabaret by the throat and shakes it until it begs for mercy.

From the moment she entered, she held the audience in the palm of her hand, seducing, cajoling and ordering them about as the mood took her, and we loved it. After a false start, in which she claimed she thought she was in Spain and had begun her Spanish version of the show, she came to Amada Palmer’s dark song, Missed Me, recorded by the Dresden Dolls, with plenty of hilarity along the way through her very clever delivery. Even Jacques Brel’s normally very poignant song, Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don’t Go), doesn’t pass without masses of hysterical laughter. Along with the comedy, though, we do have a chance to hear what a magnificent singing voice she possesses.

Her show is, of course, very visual and her crowd surfing, with the long and chaotic lead up to it, has to be seen to be believed. The ‘volunteers’ recruited for this, and other sections of her performance, are hilarious in their embarrassment and confusion.

Unfortunately, although John Thorn is a superb accompanist, through no fault of his own the piano was rather too dominant in the sound mix and, at least where I was sitting near the rear of the auditorium, many of Meow Meow’s stage-whispered asides and comments, a large part of her act, were inaudible, made worse by a rather muddy vocal mix. I have no idea why so many sound technicians in this city feel the need to overemphasize the bass and end up with an indistinct sound mix.

Time flew past in Meow Meow’s company, as it always does, and we were all too soon at the end of the performance. A standing ovation, huge applause and the audience filtered out, still wearing broad smiles. C’est magnifique!

Reviewed by Barry Lenny, Arts Editor Glam Adelaide.

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