Reviewed Saturday March 6th 2010 (continues until March 13th)
presented by better bradley productions
Venue: The Garden of Unearthly Delights – The Spare Room, Rundle Park, cnr East Tce & Rundle St, Adelaide
Season: March 1-7 & 9-13 at 9.15pm
Tickets: $18-$22 (plus booking fees) available through FringeTix
Bookings: FringeTix 1300-FRINGE (374 643) or www.adelaidefringe.com.au
Tommy Bradson has written and performs a dark, alluring comical cabaret that explores the sleazy, erotic lives of an hermaphrodite living a dual life as stripper Charlie Martini and boxer Alastair Astaire.
Accompanied by quirky keyboardist and vocalist Boris (the exceptional Jacqueline Morton who also composed the songs), they have created a fascinating adults-only comedy that pushes more than a few boundaries.
Featuring songs such as “Blowjob for Breakfast” and “I Can’t F**k Myself So Don’t Tell Me To”, this cabaret is not for the prudish. It does, however, offer a riotously funny yet bittersweet journey of emotional pain and hope for the majority of punters. It’s not gratuitous either. In the context of these sordid lives, the songs and language are perfectly within character.
Bradson is simply superb. He has an extraordinary voice, is an exceptional actor, and looks good as both a babe and a bruiser. He responds confidently with adlibs to his environment and audience, and manages to be both engaging and dangerous at the same time.
A rare treat. This is well-crafted storytelling at its finest.
Review by Rod Lewis, Glam Adelaide Arts Critic.