Re­vue de­li­cious and de­light­ful

The Tribune (NZ) - - STAGE & SCREEN -

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.

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