Cabaret Fringe

Queer: The Wicked Webs We Weave – 2012 Cabaret Fringe

Presented by Early Worx in Theatre & Higher Ground Inc
Reviewed Friday 29th June 2012

There’s no light and shade in Charles Sanders’ dark cabaret about the search for love. He sings Amy Winehouse’s Love is a Losing Game, which sums up the mood of this miserable ode to despair.

Director, Velalien, provides no comedy and no hope. Go for the music and Sanders’s undeniable talent, but don’t go for a good time. Sanders enters the stage with torn jeans, windswept hair and painted tears. From there it’s a downward spiral to drug abuse, unsafe sex, murder and lost loves.

He covers Kate Bush, The Divinyls and Prince amongst others, but the only upbeat moment is the encore of Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance.

Sanders is accompanied by Logan Watt on keyboards, Nick Russell on drums, and Hannah Bennett on guitar and backing vocals. All three are superb.

I used to believe that in darkness there is always comedy, but apparently I was wrong.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis, Performing Arts Critic, Glam Adelaide.

Venue: Higher Ground, 9 Light Square, Adelaide
Season ended
Duration: 1 hour

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