Posted in Cabaret Fringe Festival 2012

Fack to Bront (Nexus Cabaret Theatre)

There is something really great about seeing amateur performers with a passion and sense of fun for music and singing that you know will one day make them really great polished performers, and Fack to Bront is one of those acts.

 A tribute to musical theatre, with a twist by flipping the sexes, the girls singing traditional boys songs and the  boys singing traditional girls songs, is both a moving and at times hilarious performance. I guarantee you’ve never heard All That Jazz or Confrontation from Jekyll and Hyde the musical, sung quite like this.

 Whilst the girls are quite clearly more confident and have far more superior voices to the five boys that make up the group, what the girls lack are the comedy skills and the boys make up for in spades, absolutely getting into the fun of their characters. That coupled with the group’s song choices, a mix of musical theatre and popular songs, makes Fack to Bront well worth their $22 ticket price. It’s absolutely wonderful and puts a smile on my face to see this group putting so much effort into making this a great show, and knowing that with each performance they give, the show will only keep getting better.

– Suzanna Parisi, DB Magazine, Edition #547,

Posted in Cabaret Fringe Festival 2012

Live at The Soul Box – Variety Show

Apparently, Live at The Soul Box – Variety Show is a show that features “a selection of interactive cabaret, theatre games, comedians and hip swinging Jam sessions.” What you get though, is an overrated, lengthy, amateur “cabaret” show – if you can call it that.

 That might sound completely and unjustly harsh to many of you, but this was absolutely painful to sit through. Where they go wrong to begin with is not putting enough variety in their “variety” show. Of the eight acts that featured, five of them were comedians plus if you include the show host, that makes six – and none of them funny at all, apart from one or two good jokes here and there. It was completely self-absorbed and absolutely exclusive comedy, meaning if you weren’t a friend in the audience you didn’t get their humour. Not to mention, their hypnotist, who had the potential to be a really great act, was on stage for all of five minutes, and the show’s host Ross Voss, used the word “yep” after every second word, which made hearing it a million times over two hours, akin to nails on a blackboard.

 By now you’re probably thinking, wow, totally scathing review and you’re right, but in the interest of being fair I should mention it wasn’t 100% terrible. There was a great female singer who had an amazing voice and sang some really terrific original songs, a really great mentalist, who – whilst not completely polished or original – still managed to entertain and amaze, a Jazz warm up act that was very upbeat and fun – but that’s saying something when the warm up act is better than the actual act – and The Soul Box as a venue is really great. It’s just such as shame that this lengthy and self-absorbed act, doesn’t live up to it’s too hype.

– Suzanna Parisi, DB Magazine

Published in DB Magazine, Edition #547