La Bohème – Upstairs, Thu Feb 19
The Sisters of Skit, Claire Bowman and Rose Sejean, are wonderful singers. Every song they sang was, as their promo boasted, pitch perfect. And they looked great. The basic premise of the title song, sang to the tune of Petula Clark’s Downtown, that Wrongtown is a phrase they use to denote something or some place that is not quite right is a catchy idea.
Unfortunately, however, many of their skits didn’t feature them singing. Skits sending up popular TV shows or personalities (Sex in the City, Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Michelle Bridges) were pretty average. An angry diatribe about a broken relationship that presented both sides of the story simultaneously was effective, as were the humorous dance routines during the famous ABC news music intro.
A number of scenes featuring poorly made video (it seems multimedia is almost de rigeur at Fringe shows these days) were mildly amusing at best.
Perhaps this was new material for them, and it was the first night of their Fringe season, but much of this show seemed underdone. A lot of the humour fell pretty flat. Using the old classic, Roll Out The Barrel, is an obvious vehicle to target, yet again, the bodies in the barrels saga. Surely we’re over this now as a focus of humour about South Australia?
Whenever they sang and showcased their superb harmonies the show got back on its legs. For much of the rest of the time it limped through to its end.
Sisters Of Skit perform WRONGTOWN at La Bohème – Upstairs until Sat Feb 21.
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