Gluttony’s La Petite Grande, Fri Feb 13
Best Of Fringe Variety is in the great tradition of the Fringe with a smorgasbord of artists – some good some so-so. Each night the audience gets to sample five different acts including magicians, singers and acrobats – it’s a surprise.
The best of them tonight was MC and magician Patrick with his rope tricks, who created a genuine wow moment with his tale about life and string. He worked hard to engage the audience (by swallowing a huge balloon) and got us all laughing at ourselves.
The audience was small and took a while to get into the spirit of things – a more raucous group would probably have interacted better. It was hard to understand the names of all the acts; some were quite absurd but weirdly entertaining such as the small doll-like puppet handled by the puppeteers dancing to Kate Bush (Boris and Sergei) and the laconic “ Jaded PI” or Jaded Dick. Some of his jokes went over the audience’s head but his story using a pack of cards was somewhat interesting, although it seemed a bit long.
Jane with her neon hoops created a fantastic light show although we couldn’t see her acrobatics very much until the end when she concluded her act with a clever finale. The comedian started off well but lost me with her ‘feral’ jokes about a particular Adelaide suburb. The show also included sexy singer, Sidonie Henbest, who sang two siren songs and entertained the audience with her facial expressions and saucy eyebrows.
This is a show where you definitely can try something different. Potluck can often be a most enjoyable meal but it is the luck of the draw, so take a chance, another night might be different.
Best Of Fringe Variety continues at Gluttony’s La Petite Grande until Sun Mar 15.