Review

FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Wil Greenway: the way the city ate the stars | 5 stars

Review | Link Harris

Wil Greenway: the way the city ate the stars sees Wil Greenway delivering the audience an emotional story from his life. He starts by telling the audience that we are now in Melbourne and not Perth; opting for a very Homer Simpson-esque style America/Australia border crossing skit as he bounces back and forth through the entrance yelling from the outside “I’m in Perth!” and jumping back inside “now I’m in Melbourne!” multiple times so we get the point.

Greenway, who gives an odd barefoot delivery of his story in the sparse but tightly packed Blue Room Theatre sets the audience’s imaginations alight with the vivid scenery and smells of Sydney Rd in Coburg, Melbourne and various other places and people including himself. His story is one about walking out of a pub in Melbourne and what happens afterwards with the addition of a few time-altering snaps of his fingers to speed things up, given that he has a lot to get through in only an hour. This emotional story touches on love, loss, life and death all whilst accompanied by a singer and a guitarist who provide backing and, at times, funny and relevant vocals in Greenway’s returning SOLD-OUT performance from Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

Greenway’s improvisational skills when things go wrong – like a broken guitar string or the plethora of spoonerisms he makes, is an art and a wonder to behold. Never skipping a beat he soldiers on and keeps the show going amidst the laughter, even making fun of himself as he goes especially when talking about waking up covered in what’s left of a a tomato, lettuce and falafel sandwich.

If you like being told a story, having the picture painted for you only to see it shatter one minute then being put back up the next whilst your emotions run just as back and forth, then Greenway’s show is definitely for you, however if you’re after something that makes sense the whole way through or if you just aren’t into story telling please open your mind and give it a go.

WHEN: 27 January – 3 February 2018 | 6:30pm & 8:00pm

WHERE: The Blue Room Theatre | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $22 – $30 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable all ages | THEATRE

LINK: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/wil-greenway-the-way-the-city-ate-the-stars-fw2018

 

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