Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Thursday, 17 July 2003
All Het Up, John & Fiona Thorn, July 17, 2003
Music by John Thorn, Fiona Thorn Story
& lyrics by Guy Rundle John
Thorn, Fiona Thorn
off Chapel, July 17 to until
August 3, 2003
If you have ever
been hyped up about a new love affair - and let's face it, who hasn't? - All
Het Up will be a very entertaining night of song and humour for you.
Most of us have
listened to songs that touch a chord or tell our own story, particularly when they
are about love. We identify with the universal story of love requited and unrequited.
All Het Up is delightful
identification music theatre. The audience relates to the relationship
disasters and character foibles of the four protagonists.
Will (Colin Lane) is an emotional jellyfish
goes on a blind date to meet Kate, (Fiona Thorn) a bit of a loony who talks marriage on the
Kate's friend, Tash,
(Jane Badler) is a one of those hippy fascists who demand everyone believe in
their flaky ideas and is sexually adventurous. She meets Jack (Jeremy Stanford) in a club. He is
vain but groovy and good looking.
The love stories go
awry when the two couples finally get together and their sexual histories slap
them in the face.
The show is ninety
minutes of original songs with some hilarious lyrics that rival Gilbert and
Sullivan, Cole Porter and
Rogers and H. for their cunning
The songs cover a
range of styles from perky forties tunes, Cha Cha , romantic ballads, duets,
quartets and even one called Sex, the Madrigal - don't ask.
Titles include the Chat
Up Cantata, sung by all four, What
Goes on inside Their Brains, What About Those Pies sung by the men trying
to avoid talking abut being in love, Ring You Bastard which most women will recognise.
Thanks for the Angst
is a peppy number followed by When
the Bastard Becomes Tender Then I Melt. All are seamlessly linked
by some smart and witty direction by Wayne Hope.
The other linking factor
is the café waiter, played by Patrick Cronin. He is the chorus, the objective observer on the burgeoning
relationships of the two couples.
John Thorn, Musical
Director on piano, leads a small but exceptional ensemble of double bass, (Eli
Firestone OK) drums (Jeremy Hopkins) and Patrick Cronin joins them on
trumpet and percussion.
This show is clever,
funny, musically delightful and a whole load of fun for anyone who ever fell in
or out of love.