Dunstan Playhouse, Sun 11 Jun.
First opening in London in 1885, The Gilbert and Sullivan light-opera, The Mikado, should always leave its audience having heard beautiful music as well as having had some big laughs and somehow The Three Mikados still manages to do both of these, especially the big laughs. My cheeks hurt from laughing so much!
Comedy royalty, Colin Lane (Lano & Woodley, Ready Steady Cook), David Collins (The Umbilical Brothers) and American Amy G (Club Swizzle) join forces as ‘professional idiots’ performing all the characters in The Mikado with the support of John Thorn on piano. There is frequent squabbling between the three about who gets to play each character, with Colin Lane often making David Collins audition for each character, although it often ends in Lane performing it himself.
There was scripted stopping and starting or break of characters and a whole lot of adlib, which was sometimes obvious, although often not, but it was always funny. The show ended up going for 25 minutes longer than expected, but with the amount of laughter in the audience, I don’t believe anyone wanted it to end.
The music was, surprisingly, sung very nicely by our three performers, especially Amy G singing Katisha’s Alone, And Yet Alive and Collins singing On A Tree By A River (Willow, Tit-Willow). Other highlights included Collins’ version of Ko-Ko’s As Some Day It May Happen (I’ve Got A Little List) where he was very emotionally invested, especially about 4-wheel drivers who don’t go off-road and Amy G’s hilarious jarring American country characterisation.
Knowing The Mikado story and characters would be beneficial as the show obviously strays from the script constantly, but not essential as there are enough jokes to keep you amused. Certain to be the comedy standout of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival! The Three Mikados is absolutely hilarious!
The Three Mikados continues Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, from 5pm until Mon 12 Jun.
Book at BASS on 131 246 or bass.net.au Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of James Penlidis