Revue delicious and delightful
Lola & Friends
Produced by Ian Harman The Dark Room April 15 -16 Reviewed by Richard Mays
As a showcase of talent, this contemporary live, local version of The Muppet Show was a delightful revelation. To be clear – there were no actual muppets, but using the Lola personality as the host for a cabaret variety show was a little stroke of brilliance.
Alongside Lola’s high-heels, fish-nets, ostrich feathers and tuxedo top, an opening night full house was able to appreciate the classy almost-in-the-altogether ‘tease of burlesque dancer Costa da Million together with the sultry jazz phrasing of Erna Ferry and the four-part harmonies of the Pleckville Choral Society.
Dressed as a moth and circling a large light bulb, pole dancer Douglas Seivers Jarrett put on an impressive aerial routine. Thoroughly grounded and funny with it, Cera Devcich looks to be a new comedy star in the making, while the quirky hairy-chested razzmatazz from ‘drag king’ Hugo Grrl was thoroughly appreciated.
Punctuated by Lola’s artful sleight-of-hand prestidigitation, the performance even came complete with bubbles.
It’s possible even curmudgeonly old Statler and Waldorf would have been impressed.