Company: Fantastico, Melbourne, Australia
Venue: 1 - John Hirsch Theatre at the MTC Mainstage
If nothing else, Rani Huszar’s barely-put-together one woman variety hour proves that it isn’t easy being up there all alone.
If nothing else, Rani Huszar's barely-put-together one woman variety hour proves that it isn't easy being up there all alone.
Huszar plays Roberta, the reserve reserve assistant (yep--that's supposed to be there twice) to a traveling variety troupe. When all of her colleagues die, Roberta must take the stage for the first time and perform the entire show herself. The results are disastrous, in both the fictional and literal sense.
To be fair, on opening night Huszar was delivering an interactive show to a small audience in a venue that required her to climb over three rows of seats or run 100 meters to get to anyone.
She also admitted to not having a technical rehearsal, and thus seemed to be necessarily conducting one during the opening performance.
On the other hand, the performance itself consisted of a series of magic tricks, dances and contortion acts that, with a couple of notable exceptions, involved failing props, seemed made up on the spot, or just didn't work. It was too sloppy to come off as intentionally so.
I hope Huszar's audiences get better. I also hope her show does.