Nano Café, Wed Feb 25
Setting a play in a café in the city is an inspired idea, and even more so when what is served up is a delicious, jam packed, double shot of dynamic theatre at its best. Kate (Ann-Marie Biagioni) and Ruby (Amanda Watson) are best friends (or maybe just oldest friends) and share their love of coffee and men.
Kate is a good time girl, wild and free while Ruby is a serial monogamist and much of the story is about their various triumphs and disasters throughout their journey from vibrant, enthusiastic Uni students to anxious, disaffected 29 year olds. While the Waiter (Monty Sallur) did not say much, his presence and timing were essential parts of the terrific piece.
The writing by award winning Tyler Jacob Jones is spectacular, with conversation that is never banal and peppered with great laugh lines and gorgeous character observations. Huge accolades go to Ann-Marie Biagioni and Amanda Watson however, for bringing this piece to over-the-top life. These extraordinary actors had us in their very capable hands from the first frothy sip to the hilarious caffeine-charged Caligula-esque coffee climax, and they never let us go for a moment.
Beautifully directed by Scott Corbett, the timing was impeccable, the characterisations were totally believable and the energy was infectious. This is a fantastic piece of modern theatre and deserves to sell out its short season. Grab a ticket immediately as they are only on this week.
F**k Decaf continues at Nano Café until Sun Mar 1.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 261 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Emily Friend