Star Theatres, Fri 31 Jul
A charming, funny, and highly entertaining celebration of womanhood, the updated edition of Amity Dry’s Mother, Wife And The Complicated Life is a first-rate production and a great night out.
At the opening of the performance, we were advised that the musical had been updated with new songs, a revised script, and even a new ending, so guests who have seen the show in one of its many previous incarnations can expect a fresh experience.
The plot centres on a year in the life of four friends, Kate, Bec, Lily, and Jessie, each at a different stage of life: Kate is single and care-free, Jessie is impatiently awaiting a proposal from her partner, Bec is a stay-at-home mum of three, and Lily runs a café but worries that the light has gone out in her marriage.
This show has it all… singing, dancing, drama, wit, and a remarkable modular backdrop that is used to great effect. Its core strength, however, is its cast. The Block’s Amity Dry endears and inspires as her character grapples with the unexpected changes in her life, while Nikki Aitken frequently steals the show with her comic timing and incredible pipes when not corralling off-stage children. Rachel McCall brings an out-sized physicality to her role, hamming it up as the group’s resident bride-to-be, and Susan Ferguson radiates kindness while adding some nice dramatic character work between songs.
And those songs are frequently fantastic, showcasing the cast’s world-class vocals, whether soloing, harmonising, or singing in unison, all while dancing and advancing the story. These ladies are all triple threats and when the musical fires on all cylinders, as it does in the case of Bridezilla, I’ll Never and Breastfeeding Blues; it’s an irresistible treat.
All in all, this is a show with guaranteed laughs and top-notch production that should not be missed.
Mother, Wife And The Complicated Life performs at Star Theatres at various times from Sun 2 Oct until Sun 11 Oct.
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