Review

FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Decisions and Consequences | 2 stars

Review | Link Harris

Decisions and Consequences centres around just that, decisions and consequences or so we are led to believe by the production’s blurb. It is most definitely a post-absurd work because quite frankly it made little to no sense and sadly enough, was probably supposed to.

The stage is fairly bare except for an upturned milk crate and some lights on the floor, we can see a woman dressed in what seems to be a white wedding dress walking around and someone slumped on the floor drawing with a large stick of chalk. Two gentlemen turn up – one barefoot wearing a disheveled business shirt, tie and pants and another man – in socks – is wearing skinny black jeans and a t-shirt. The show starts and roughly 5 minutes in, the last character stands up from the audience wearing a floral dress and the whole group is here.

Ordinarily, the basis for a good show would be to give some sort of back story or at least a modicum of character development to make you empathise or sympathise with the characters – but this jumps straight in with no explanation whatsoever of who the characters are, what is happening, why it’s happening, and makes you guess or at the very least speculate what the character’s motivations or drives are.

The most enjoyable parts of the play are hearing one of the characters speak about how monotonous retail work is, not to mention how awful the customers are and at one stage four of them get into two separate fights in the style of Adam West’s Batman substituting BAM and POW for PUSH, PULL, SHOVE and SQUEEZE.

If you like absurdities, are an avid theatre fan or if you like to put a little more thought into your theatre then this show is definitely up your alley and even if you don’t – give it a try you may just enjoy it anyway.

WHEN: 31 January – 3 February 2018 | 6:30pm

WHERE: Studio 411 | Murdoch University | Murdoch

INFO: Tickets $10 – $20 | Duration 30 mins | Suitable 15+ | WA Artists | THEATRE

LINK: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/decisions-consequences-fw2018

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