5-31 August. (ex. 12,19) 22.45
A show that references Prince, The Karate Kid, bullfighting and wildlife conservation might sound destined to crumble into a heap of disastrous confusion, but in the hands and hearts of a cast so talented, confident and practiced, these elements combine to create something utterly magical. And honestly, this is coming from one who really ain’t into musical theatre.
The hero of this farcical tale is Estevez; a highly strung matador and the long lost son of a legendary barber. Initially returning to sell his inheritance to make a quick buck, he soon becomes embroiled in a rapid fire musical narrative of romance, conspiracy, and competitive hairdressing. The preening villain is perfectly preposterous and eminently boo-able; the wholesome heroine captivatingly beautiful, and the ensuing, tumultuous romp charmingly ludicrous.
Our four entertainers work precisely in rich, a cappella harmony, though the catchy songs never feel stuffy or overly technical. Funny and clear lyrics align seamlessly with slapstick action that fills the stage, and the riotous energy of the show is maintained even during a delightful foray into shadow puppetry.
I must admit that it feels odd to give five stars to a performance almost entirely devoid of politics or social commentary, yet this magnificently concentrated blast of fun and folly has convinced me that such an absence is a bold statement in itself. This isn't a show about humanity or the meaning of life; it’s a show about having a damn good laugh, and though consummately performed, provides a welcome and involving relief from lazy jokes about not having enough money. Superb.
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