Music to Watch Boys By – 2012 Adelaide Fringe

Presented by Carol Young for CABfringe
Reviewed Tuesday 28th February 2012

Roars of laughter are testament that people are fully engaged with Carol Young’s take on love.

With just herself, her accordion and a mysterious voiceover, Young takes the audience on a journey through some of her loves, even if they were one sided and at a distance. Yes, as the saying goes, “stalking is just another way of saying I love you”. Young gives the audience a comprehensive lesson in all the forms of stalking, and the increasing volume of laughter indicates that people are gradually identifying with one or more of the examples given.

It is amazing how many songs are written about the topic, from pop songs, to cabaret standards, and even Christmas carols. Young plays them well, covering a range of styles. In addition to playing the accordion, Young manages choreography with suggestive and seductive body language and ensures that she makes eye contact with the audience, letting them get a full effect of the somewhat psychotic look in her eyes. For some numbers you really hope the object of her affection does not have pets.

Young has fun with the music and the songs, which carries across to the audience. For a Tuesday night it is lively and very engaged, singing, squealing and dancing in their seats.

This show is for anyone who has had a crush, has Googled, uses social media sites, in addition to those that use the low-tech methods of pursuing their desired, and those who want to learn other methods of stalking.

Reviewed by Jade Kops, special guest Fringe Critic, Glam Adelaide

Adelaide Fringe – Music to Watch Boys By
CABfringe – Music to Watch Boys By

Venue: La Boheme, 36 Grote Street, Adelaide
Season: Concluded
Duration: 50min

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