La Bohème, Wed 17 Feb
The basic premise of The Immigrant is a good one – two children from Greek backgrounds telling their story of growing up in Greek and Australian cultures and the problems it caused them. There must be thousands of similar fascinating stories in Australia that need to be told.
The program notes that the show will offer an “accessible musical glimpse into the Greek Australian experience” and I assumed then that the music would be Greek. There were two or three Greek songs but the others were pop songs chosen to reflect issues the two actors faced as they were growing up. And in truth, apart from one Greek song by Chrisoula they weren’t done that well.
The spoken narrative was by far the most interesting part of the show: it was full of interesting and humorous tales that did a good job of revealing the difficulties of growing up amidst two cultures. But this could have been so much better if the narrative had been committed to memory.
Credit must go to the performers for the idea. With more work it could have quite a substantial impact. But this performance felt more like a run through for family and friends.
The Immigrant continues at La Bohème from 7.00 pm until Fri 19 Feb.
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