Ap­peal­ing Onion set for Big Ap­ple

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Wa­ters com­pares his ac­claimed show, Look­ing Through a Glass Onion, to a favourite al­bum. One part of the two-man show that pays homage to the mu­sic, mys­tery and mem­ory of John Len­non, Wa­ters says it’s some­thing peo­ple want to see time and again. ‘‘It’s like your favourite al­bum that you get out to play all the time. The songs are ev­er­last­ing,’’ he says. Cre­ated by Wa­ters and Ste­wart D’ar­ri­etta 20 years ago, Look­ing Through a Glass Onion fea­tures more than 30 songs, in­clud­ing Straw­berry Fields For­ever, Lucy In the Sky with Di­a­monds, Jealous Guy and Imag­ine. Wa­ters says it’s a per­for­mance piece. ‘‘We play some of the songs in their en­tirety, oth­ers just grabs and pieces,’’ he says. ‘‘I read a mono­logue in a John Len­non voice. It doesn’t re­ally have a story, it’s the scat­tered rem­nants of his life. Rather than to im­per­son­ate, I wanted to evoke his hon­esty, bit­ter-sweet hu­mour, self-crit­i­cism and dis­dain for pre­ten­tious­ness and pom­pos­ity.’’ The show de­buted at the Til­bury Ho­tel in Syd­ney in 1992. Wa­ters says he tries to keep ev­ery per­for­mance as in­ti­mate as the first. ‘‘Not ev­ery venue we play this time around can be ex­actly like that, but it’s the feel­ing I want to cre­ate – to take the show back to its roots,’’ he says. This round of shows will be the last chance for re­gional Australia to see it be­fore they hit the big stage. ‘‘We’ll be tak­ing it to Broad­way in New York next year and are in dis­cus­sion with Yoko Ono on as­pects of the New York shows.’’

John Wa­ters’ plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast tonight at 8. Tick­ets are $65.

John Wa­ters and Ste­wart D’ar­ri­etta star in

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