The Stables, 28 Vardon Avenue, rear of the Stag Hotel corner Rundle Street and East Terrace
Reviewed Thursday February 25th 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
This is a collection of very short plays with a linking motif; the ubiquitous umbrella. Every play involves at least one umbrella, whether physically present of merely referred to as having some significance in the interactions between the characters involved. Most plays are two-handers, involving a man and a woman, although one particularly funny piece has another woman interpreting what the other two really mean by the things that they say to one another. She is an expert in both man-speak and woman-speak. Mel Matheson does not hold back in this knockabout role, to the extent of actually sustaining minor injuries as she is thrown around the stage by the other two.
The first scene finds Charlotte Rees and Alex Vickery-Howe as a couple of married people meeting for their weekly tryst, as they have done for the past eight years. This time, however, one small lie is exposed, then another, then more. Worse still, truths are admitted and the consequences are hilarious.
Another play shows just how much the contents of your garbage can reveal about you. This could be dangerous information in the wrong hands, so watch and discover who knows what about the other.
Jesse Butler, Mark Fantasia, Charlotte Rees, Katie O’Reilly, Mel Matheson and Alex Vickery-Howe each take a number of roles, every character being eccentric, and several of them are downright weird! This is a highly entertaining hour of clever comedy from the pen of Cerise de Gelder, directed with a fine comic insight by Joh Hartog. Put this one on your list.
Reviewed by Barry Lenny, GLAM Adelaide Arts Editor.