The Wharf Revue at the Canberra Theatre, Whoops! a review

johnboy 16 October 2013 1

Having been invited to opening night of the Wharf Revue at the Canberra Theatre Goosepig and I negotiated the obstacle course of the Spiegletent sprawling across Civic Square and took our seats in the Playhouse.

It’s a one act show running 90 minutes and I have to say it’s superb.

The comedy ranges from broad and childish to very carefully nuanced.

There’s singing, and dancing, laughter, and cheering.

Amanda Bishop was a glittering diamond but the blokes were excellent.

The use of body language to open the impersonations was brilliant. Most of the characters being satirised were obvious before their first line.

Both sides of politics catch it so even the partisan should enjoy.

A word of warning however, if you never watch Lateline, 7.30, or QandA it might be you’re not the audience for this.

In parts the entertainment derives from familiar tunes being mixed with familiar ideas in new ways.

But the brilliant extended Rosencrantz and Guildenstern segment in the middle of the show was worthy of the greats (including a hilarous “why are you acting like John Bell” moment, and a star turn of Bill Shorten as Hamlet).

It’s only running here until the 19th, but if you know what Chris Pyne sounds like then it’s a great night out in my favourite Canberra theatre, The Playhouse.


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One Response to The Wharf Revue at the Canberra Theatre, Whoops! a review
M Rose M Rose 11:48 am 16 Oct 13

Completely agree. Slow to start, but that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern skit was absolute satirical perfection.

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