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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | Aliya Kanani: Where you From, From? | 4 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Aliya Kanani is a successful comedian, but still people ask her where she is from – and I don’t mean nationality, I mean ethnicity.  If you must know, she is a Canadian, whose parents are from Zanzibar and is of Indian ethnicity. Kanani tells the story of how she became a stand-up comic based on being stereotyped due to the colour of her skin. The good thing is she does not like to resort to racial based humour.

Kanani presents with a sense of warmth and casualness – like she wants to get to know us. The early gags are quite conversational and appear to be feeling us out. Personally, it frustrates me because from the interesting title, I want her to get to the nitty gritty – however, by the end of the show you see a purpose to her method. Kanani does a bit about going into airports and the casual racism that occurs but she is tough about it – gaining insight that this funny lady just likes to turn things on their heads with her imagination. This clever woman is very personable and makes up for any moments that maximum laughter is not achieved. She even comments that people mention how she is not a typical comedian – however, if you have seen a vast array of styles during FRINGWORLD 2020, you will see this as normal. Kanani takes a reasonable outlook on social issues, showing her maturity to display nuance.

Aliya Kanani: Where you From, From? opens with a Perth comic called Emo – his comedy is just explaining on why he is here, and this brief intro gets us to build up the atmosphere. This comedian displays a cool but friendly presence that is a perfect match for Kanani. You see the show title on a big screen and however this is the only reason the screen is used. Kanani loves challenging our perceptions but does it in a way that feels like you are on a date – being gentle and gradual – unlike some male approaches for intimacy she gets! Speaking of sex – this performance builds to a beautiful climax that makes you want more. By the end you feel like you could easily watch another hour of her – display her comical wisdom. So, go watch this festival show to feel connected to humanity through humour.

WHERE YOU FROM, FROM? is playing during FRINGEWORLD 2020 in Perth. You can get your tickets here.

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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | Flight of Fancy| 4.5 STARS

Review | Link Harris

Much the same as the last two years, Flight of Fancy still is and will in all likelihood continue to be a show I couldn’t recommend more for you to get off your arse and go see. This year, the variety of talents being on display at both the intimate SONAR Room in Fremantle and the fabulous Main room of Connections Nightclub in Northbridge.

Presented by the cheeky, stunning, and incredibly leggy Sam Madame, we are treated to a plethora of incredible and varied talents including burlesque, dance, cabaret, and singing by – in my opinion –  some of the best performers both local, interstate and international. Telling you too much would spoil what the show has to offer but being very general if you like burlesque and you enjoy watching tassels spinning you will love and laugh at what performer Dee Dee Luscious has to offer by taking it in a whole different direction and can see why she is the 2019 Perth Burlesque Idol winner! You will be witness to some prehistoric shenanigans, tinfoil hat wearing hilarity, traditional burlesque/cabaret, exceptional singing and dance all laced or cut with cartoonish and comedic vibes.

Flight of Fancy is definitely a must see – so get off your arse and onto the Fringe website, your nearest Fringe Box Office or the door of the venue and see this stunning, wonderful and hilarious show and the insane talents behind Whisky A’More and all of the other spectacular talented performers in this show.

WHEN: 10th – 15th February 2020 | 8:30pm and 9:15pm

WHERE: SONAR Room | Fremantle | Main Room | Connections Nightclub | NORTHBRIDGE

INFO: Pricing $28 | Duration 60 mins | Suitable 18+ | CABARET

TICKETS: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/flight-of-fancy-fw2020

 

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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | STAR POWER | 5 Stars

Review | Sarah Soulay

Pure comedy is what springs to mind when I think about STAR POWER. Directed by Mitch Whelan this play is about two best friends April (Sian Murphy) and Simon (Lindsay McDonald) who are hosting a party to celebrate Mercury in retrograde. Although this is 100% a comedy show, it still creates a really heartwarming story line about the trials and tribulations of friendships, and the lesson that being open and honest with each other can create happier environments and long-lasting friendships.

We see this through April and Simon who present a very obvious one-sided friendship with both characters believing that they are in the right. This goes on until they seemingly have a falling out only to reunite in the end. Both actors give a great performance, really becoming their characters, to the point where it is easy to identify these characters in your own friendship groups in real life.

Hannah Davidson’s character Olive, is an absolute riot. She is entertaining, approachable and your belly will ache from laughter every time she speaks. Though I absolutely enjoyed every character, she has to be my personal favorite. She is such a relatable character and a must see. Louis Spencer uses a lot of physical comedy during his portrayal of Falcon, who is a friend of Simon’s from work, and unintentionally causes a lot of tension between April and Simon. He executes his character so well that it adds more fun and whimsy to an already excellent show. Mercury was in retrograde and no one could play such a whirlwind of a character just like Tristan McInnes. My only comment on his performance other than brilliant, is that I need to see more of him.

The musical stylings of Clancy Davidson are absolutely beautiful and ethereal and really suit the theme of the show, while the lighting designer, Spencer Herd cleverly uses lighting to create a bigger more interesting stage, to what is otherwise a minimalistic setting. The audience is also invited to the party! As someone who isn’t the biggest fan of audience participation, I really enjoyed it. I even found myself practically begging to be chosen as they try and guess your horoscope. They were really courteous and made it very clear that if you do not want to participate you don’t have to, this created a warm and welcoming atmosphere mitigating any audience participation anxiety one might experience in other shows.

This show is a showstopper and is for anyone who enjoys brilliant comedy, a fun and entertaining storyline and lots and lots of astrology. I read all of your horoscopes and they all say that to live a full and happy life you must go see STAR POWER!

WHEN: 11th – 15th February 2020 | 9:00pm

WHERE: The Studio | BLUE ROOM THEATRE

INFO: Pricing $18 – $21 | Duration 60m | Suitability M | Occasional Coarse Language, Sexual References, Strobe Lighting | THEATRE

TICKETS: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/star-power-fw2020

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10 great shows for Valentine’s Day at FRINGEWORLD 2020.

Article | Laura Money

Who doesn’t love a good night out – maybe dinner and a show – with a friend or lover? Even if you don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, a night of theatre, cabaret or comedy during Fringeworld is still a great idea. We have picked the most romantic shows that are perfect to kick off the last weekend of FRINGEWORLD 2020 in our 10 great shows for Valentine’s Day FRINGEWORLD 2020.

GURU DUDU’S SILENT DISCO WALKING TOUR

thumb_GDLOGO_Edin2009Want to do something a little different this Valentine’s Day? Why not embrace your inner Kath & Kel and get your groove on in Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour! It’s exactly as it sounds – everyone wears headphones (supplied) and can hear the hilarious commentary as we make spontaneous flash-mobs in the streets. It’s a cheesy night of walking through Perth listening to all the greatest hits of the 70s, 80s, and 90s! All tours run for 50 mins & go ahead in all weather. Read last year’s full review here.

PAMELA DEMENTHE – EVULVALUTION

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Time for a different type of physicality this Valentine’s and what could be more romantic than erotic fiction? Join Pamela DeMenthe as she reads from her latest self-published book – eVULVAlution. It’s a great show to get you both in the mood. Read the full review here.

SENSE & SPONTANEITY THE MUSICAL

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What could be more romantic than the Queen of the romance novel, Jane Austen? Following the success of previous shows, these ladies are improvising their way through a Jane Austen plot but this time, they’re singing! Completely unscripted and improvised, no two shows are alike – you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll bring your mum, she’ll thank you! Get your tickets here.

 

A SPECIAL DAY

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A Special Day is the perfect show to put life and love into perspective. A sweeping (kind of) love story between two lost souls who form a connection in a charming theatre piece full of innovation and heart. Using few props, a piece of chalk and the power of imagination they create a bittersweet human drama about a life changing chance encounter between two neighbors at a time of political unrest. Read our interview with actress Ana Graham here.

BRIEFS: THE SECOND COMING

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The couple that watches boylesque together, slays together! Get yourselves out to Briefs: The Second Coming for some titillating circus, drag, and fabulousness. These guys provide all the entertainment for both parties in any pairing, you might even leave together! Read our full review here. 

YOU’VE GOT MAIL

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Staying home and watching a few RomComs on Netflix might be ok for boring couples, but we prefer our RomComs live! Head over to the Blue Room Theatre to see You’ve Got Mail – a re-booted version of the classic 90s rom-com for a #metoo era. Read our interview with Sophia Campion here.

HANDS SOME FEET

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If you’re the kind of couple who loves movies like Amelie then you’re bound to love this utterly charming circus act by a real-life couple. Liisa Naykki & Jeromy Zwick take you on their journey from circus school meet-cute to stunning acts of trust, this show will give you all the warm fuzzies this Valentine’s Day. Read our full review here.

 

 

(NOT) THE BACHELOR LIVE ON VALENTINE’S DAY HOSTED BY LUKE BOLLAND

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A FRINGEWORLD staple, (Not) The Bachelor Live is exactly what it sounds like! If you are looking for love this year, head down to this quirky night of fun and you might just find it. Luke Bolland is one of The Fourth Wall’s favourite comedians and you’re in good hands with this kind (and slightly sarcastic) host. He takes 4 real singles and attempts to make 1 real love match through hilarious improv comedy, fun and games. If that wasn’t exciting enough, after all the laughter and romance, ANYONE could win the date – even an audience member!

DISENCHANTED!

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What happens after happily ever after? The Disney princesses from Disenchanted! are here to tell you all about it. If you bond over the perfect fairy-tale ending and your couple karaoke go-to is ‘A Whole New World’ then this is the show for you! Read our full review here.

 

KIERAN BULLOCK BUILDS IKEA FURNITURE ON STAGE AND TALKS TO THE AUDIENCE

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Ah, flatpack furniture – the greatest test of a relationship since Monopoly. If you want to do something truly romantic, you can head down to Kieran Bullock as he builds IKEA furniture and you can watch! Resist the urge to call out and tell him he’s wrong and squeeze your partner’s hand instead, then head home and feel free to use your Allen Key to build your relationship.

 

 

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FRINGEWORLD 2020 | Sonny Yang’s Stupid Adventure Game | 4.5 Stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

Who here is old enough to remember the old adventure computer games of the 80s? They were so bad they were classic! Even the early 90s ones were so cheesy, they made you slightly ashamed to have a geeky sense of humour. Sonny Yang’s Incredibly Stupid Adventure Game embraces this geeky oddball sense of humour to the highest degree. The creator is Sonny Yang – a deadpan Perth comedian who likes to dress like he has just come out of working in an accounting office. If you have never seem him before it may baffle you that he just stares at you completely expressionless – while you sit down to watch him, sit in front of a laptop computer with an intense spectacle stare – don’t worry though, as this is where the comedy gold comes from.

Yang is a man on few words and luckily the interactive big screen computer game provides all the interaction you need. The mini projection screen blares in your face with 16 colour resolution that takes you back to a more innocent time where not being slick was cool – and not in a self-aware ironic way. These games were straight forward and so our twisted up anarchic Internet connected brains of nowadays, would second guess the simplicity. This game that is also a comedy show, feels a bit like Dungeons and Dragons – where Yang is the Dungeon Master on stage, and on the computer screen he is the hero.

This crazy parody of adventure games is hilarious on so many levels. Firstly, the premise that adventure starts with game Yang just having to take his little child out for the day. It seems so innocuous that you can’t help laughing. Secondly, the humour comes from stupidity and stereotypes that are so extreme that they are brilliant. The game is so straight forward that Yang needs no prompting as the game master but of course only a few audience members want to be active participants. That is OK because there is no right or wrong in the show but not living up to Yang’s game playing standard may cause some snide remarks. Ignore this because it all in jest and even if you don’t successfully complete the game, it is still a successful show.

If you want to embrace your inner geek, Sonny Yang’s Incredibly Stupid Adventure Game is one of those experiences that will have you in stitches.

WHEN: 8th – 16th February | 3:30pm & 4:30pm

WHERE: The Shoe | Yagan Square | NORTHBRIDGE

INFO: Pricing $15 – $20 | Suitability M |Occasional Course Language, Depicts Violence, Loud Noises, Sexual References | COMEDY

TICKETS: https://fringeworld.com.au/whats_on/sonny-yang-s-incredibly-stupid-adventure-game-fw2020

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