Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director; produced playwright (21 plays). Scripts pub. Currency Press. She worked as actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate was Head of Drama/Teacher, NMIT; Coordinator of Prof. Writing/ Editing, Swinburne Uni. Read her reviews here or: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Saturday, 14 December 2002
In The Beginning…. The Odd Testament, Dec 14, 2002
What: In The
Beginning…. The Odd Testament by Short Attention Span
When: Wed to
Sat until December 21, 2002
about with the Bible might be considered naughty but In The Beginning is a very
sweet, entertaining show about some dysfunctional biblical couples.
Alice Carter and Krisztian Bagin with director John Bolton blend speeches from
The Old Testament with stories about Adam and Eve, Mr and Mrs Moses and Noah
The result is a short, witty, modern clown show with original songs by The
Soubrettes and live music by Steven Lindsay .
The pair is
dressed in scruffy, Eastern European 40's gear. Carter wears a gold top and
feathered hat, Bagin a baggy green suit.
be World War Two Jewish migrants living in their run-down kitchen with laminex
table and antique washing machine.
Bagin is a
gifted comic performer with a mobile face and charming manner while the warm
and voluptuous Carter carries a cabaret tune with great verve.
begins with day one of the universe. " Let there be light," Carter
drones dryly like a bored cabaret singer and an off-stage God turns on a single
Adam and Eve
meet, fall in lust, naively investigate the Garden of Eden and all its
treasures. Finally, they must contend with the drudgery of domestic life.
hilarious as Adam trying to appease his over-worked wife. He tries valiantly
and hopelessly to do the ironing to ease her load.
references to the biblical stories arise; "Adam, one day Cain is really
going to hurt his brother," says Eve.
Sinai, Mrs Moses demands that Moses chisel her Ten Commandments in stone.
"You will pay me a compliment at least once a week - and mean it."
clambering up the mountain clumsily hauling stones tablets is very funny
Bolton, keeps the rhythm unpredictable and the visual and verbal gags coming
element introduced part way into the show is the exotic cabaret singer, (Tania
Kyriakou) who croons songs about love and survival. This character needs some
further integration into the show.
Beginning is a happy, peppy piece that is worth a look and giggle. It certainly
is the Odd Testament.