Review | Kieran Eaton
What is paradise? If you think you know what paradise is then you are most likely naive. This show by Barney Pollock and Matt Young is a series of silly sketches to explain a journey of two fraternity boys Alec Rose (Young) and Robert Tumb (Pollock) to find The Ice-cream Man. They know that this messy story is going to sound crazy, but they appear to want to come across as a Jackson Pollock in comedy form. This creates some bits to be highly meaningful and others you must use your imagination more. The ideas are a bit vague but the bottom line it is about friendship and coming together to solve problems. Whatever you feel about this show, you know these starring performers have a strong bond.
Alec and Robert represent young men that are smart academically but emotionally immature. The more recent generations (millennials) can especially relate to this – world of stuff and spoiling parents. These two are desperate to be cool but don’t know how. They don’t realise that trying too hard is not cool. They think making a long train journey to Perth to meet The Ice-cream Man will make them cool. In their journey some bizarre characters appear, in possible reference to Alice in Wonderland. There is small amount of crowd interaction that is done well because of Pollock and Young’s exceptional improvisational skills.
In the end they get to meet The Ice-cream Man, played by a very funny performance from Tim Quabba. His facial expressions are amazing as a crazed man that explains his distorted views of reality. There is also an amusing moment when Robert body gets turned into super buff, where Cam Pollock comes on wearing only briefs. All this chaos is cleverly resolved to highlight the pointlessness of their existential journey.
To see some clever ideas, expressed in an artful way, Paradise! A Cool & Smart Show may be the journey you need to be destined for.
WHEN: 12 – 16 February 2019 | 7:30pm
WHERE: The Studio | The Blue Room Theatre | FRINGE CENTRAL
INFO: Tickets $21 | Duration 60m | Age suitability: M | Content Warning: Frequent course language, loud noises, sexual references, drug references | COMEDY