Theatre Review: Mad As Hell The Musical

Perth drag queen Feminem (Dean Misdale) brings a hilarious show to Raj House as part of Feast Festival for a one night only production.

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Presented by Feminem
Reviewed 5 November 2016

Perth drag queen Feminem (Dean Misdale) brings a hilarious show to Raj House as part of Feast Festival for a one night only production.

The late night set is based on what makes Feminem Mad as Hell and employs a mix of comedy and cabaret throughout the show. Feminem brings a very personal and honest touch to her drag style with empowering messages snuck into the usual sassy commentary of drag.

Feminem is a solid drag performer with a strong voice and nicely timed wit. All of the songs receive a parody treatment to twist the lyrics more toward Feminem’s individual flair and offer extra opportunity for comedic lines that bring out more of her humour.

The costumes were brilliant and full of colour. They matched the intent of each song and were effective in creating a brighter stage presence, which worked particularly well with the dark, smallish performance space. The costume changes were swift and were worked in neatly to part of the production.

There was a small level of audience participation for a drag show. Cards were handed out in advance for people to write what made them mad. These played only a small part in the production that centred more on a scripted and practised approach, which guaranteed the comedy and sly humour was emphasised well.

Feminem is a delightfully funny performer with a show designed to provoke humouristic criticism at what makes people mad.

Reviewed by: Alex Dunkin
Twitter: @AlexDunkin

One night only – Season ended

 

 

 

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