OzAsia Theatre Review: Extreme Jump

Extreme Jump blends the technical skills of martial arts into slapstick performance that brings out the outstanding comedy.

Presented by Yegam Theatre Company
Reviewed 28 September 2013

Set in the living room of an eccentric Korean family is a hysterical, well-rounded performance guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Extreme Jump blends the technical skills of martial arts into slapstick performance that brings out the outstanding comedy.

The entirety of Extreme Jump is based in the living room of a Korea family with a solid wooden table and lounge suit the centre of the room. Surrounding these, smaller props,, such as an old-fashion phone, are integrated into the scenes as required. The show kicks off with an old man (Sang-Hun You) struggling to get up the stairs to the stage. His role of beginning the performance and assisting with scene changes is an entertaining side note to the rest of the show.

The show has a loose plot line which follows the introduction of a visitor into the Korean family. This family includes the usual suspects of the patriarchal grandfather (Tae-Hun Lee), the mother (Jeong-Yeon So), the father (Yun-Gab Hong), their daughter (Se-Mi Kim) and the drunk uncle no one can get rid of (Jung-Hoon Shin). The visitor is a young, sweet man with thick glasses (Sung-Yul Noh) who falls instantly for the daughter and pursues her throughout the show. This young man appears gentle until his glasses are taken off and a hulk-like rage transformation occurs. Thrown into this family story are two robbers (Seok-Hoon Gu and Seon Kim) who fumble their way through a break-and-enter into a household of people trained in martial arts.

The gymnastic and acting skills are displayed exceptionally by the whole cast. The dialogue in the show is limited, however a lot of effort has been put into the vocal sounds made by the performers to give the appearance of discussion between the characters. The performers all provide their own comical sound effects to the delight of the crowds.

The timing of all elements in the show is well presented, especially between the music and the slapstick. The comedy in the performance allowed for minor delays to pass as intentional. The lighting work and the detail in the spotlighting assisted effectively in highlighting the skills of the actors and set the scene for crowds imagination to follow.

Extreme Jump’s costumes and makeup, particularly for the elderly characters, stood out throughout the show. The other costumes varied between slick martial arts uniforms to flowing and loose fitting gowns and were changed quickly as required. The little makeup and wigs on the remaining actors allowed for their facial expressions to carry wonderfully and hit all the comical notes.

Extreme Jump was a fun night out with most guest leaving with a smile on their face.

Reviewed by Alex Dunkin

Venue: Festival Theatre, King William Road Adelaide
Season: 28-29 September 2013
Duration: 90mins


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