Urban Display Suite – Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2011

Presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre and the Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Reviewed Saturday 18th June 2011

Venue: Banquet Room, Adelaide Festival Centre, King William Road, Adelaide
Season: 6:15pm Sat 19th June 2011
Duration: 60 mins
Tickets: Premium $35/adult $25/conc $21
Bookings: BASS 131 241 or

Michael Dalley lampoons the real estate industry and associated aspects, such as home ownership, interior decorating and social climbing, in an hour of humorous songs. He wrote the show with John Thorn, who accompanies on piano and accordion, and he is assisted by Lyall Brooks, Gabrielle Quin and Sharon Davis. The show opens with Real Estate – The White Collar Job for the Blue Collar Brain, sending up real estate agents hilariously and setting the tone of the performance.

Along the way we discover that even a Million Dollar Shitbox can increase dramatically in value and that creating My Little Bit of Everything McMansion Façade leaves little money to spend on what’s inside. Of course, If You Bought Before the Boom you are laughing now, and you are probably New Money. You certainly get upset though when Nobody at My Party’s Mentioned Property giving you a chance to boast of its value.

Living in the right area demands the correct décor, such as Shit Art of the Mornington Peninsula and, now that you are in the right suburb, the school that you send your children to must have the right veneer, so it does not matter if It’s a Terrible School But the Grounds Are Stunning. The family home has an attraction of course, since One Day This Will All Be Mine.

I pity anybody in the audience in the real estate industry or any of the related areas targeted by this very funny and witty production. The focus was not on being politically correct and certainly didn’t care if it trod on the occasional toe. These four talented satirists sing dance and joke their way through this terrifically funny show, leaving the audience wanting more. A great way to spend an hour on a dreary afternoon.

Reviewed by Barry Lenny, Arts Editor, Glam Adelaide.

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