Review

FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Kabaret Dietrich | 4 stars

Review | Laura Money

Kabaret Dietrich is the beautifully rendered biography of the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Through song, dance, and music, Nikki Nouveau presents the life and times of Dietrich’s unsurpassed sixty-year career. Nouveau begins the piece as Lola Lola – the character made famous by Dietrich in the classic 1930s movie, The Blue Angel. Bursting into the exciting new venue the Opticum at The Showman’s Fair, Nouveau is a whirl of sequins, feathers, top hat and evening gloves – she perfectly captures the brazen sexiness of Lola Lola – full of teasing references and firmly in command of the room.

Nouveau is perfect – she captures not only the look of the star (high drawn eyebrows, perfectly curled blonde locks, dramatic cabaret make up, perfectly contoured to mimic Dietrich’s distinct features) but also the voice. From the early high-pitched baby-doll, pin up style of her Blue Angel screen test to the iconic low sexy drawl of ‘Falling In Love Again’, Nouveau charts the star’s own journey from fame-seeking cabaret act to puppet of von Sternberg, triumph shines openly on Nouveau’s Dietrich visage when she finally owns the room after arranging music to suit her own style.

The multi talented Dietrich could sing, dance, act, speak 3 languages, and play the musical saw among many other talents – and Nouveau keeps up with the legendary actress with ease. She sings all of the classics ‘Lily Marlene,’ ‘La Vien Rose’ in German, French and English and doesn’t miss a beat. Nouveau’s Dietrich is slightly tragic, and still wholly enigmatic. Her political leanings, sexuality and desire for eternal youth are all examined playfully and with the utmost reverence. So get over to the Showman’s Fair and see this charming Vamp yourself. She’ll ensnare you with her bedroom eyes, and then entertain you with her wit and sheer class…after all, she’s Marlene.

WHEN: 4 – 10 February 2018 | 6:00pm & 7:00pm

WHERE: Opticum | The Showman’s Fair | Fringe Central | Northbridge

INFO: Tickets $20 | Accepts Showman’s Tokens | Duration 35 mins | Suitable 15+ | CABARET

LINK: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/kabaret-dietrich-fw2018

 

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