It starts off with this clown...man...and his adorable four-legged friend*. The audience is greeted by them as they walk in. They have a slightly rocky relationship, which eventually causes the dog to run away and find stardom with a new friend. But he also finds himself in court, against Russia.
I think it's safe to say that I've now got your curiosity hitting the roof.
Instead of giving away the entire plot of the show, let's revisit the golden era when AirBud came out. Remember that movie, where a dog played basketball (and became an instant lovable badass)? This show garners inspiration from this movie and brings its audience with a modern re-take through the use of video games.
The characters are so relatable, it hurts. There's the usual thug (who's actually a softie and just needs a bit of love); the innocent and naive girl who just wants to offer everyone a Butter Menthol ("a mother's hug"); the loving mumma with a rambunctious side; an intellectually proficient pup with a British accent; a coach who doesn't know when to quit and call it a day; and the Russians (because, why not?). These are just some of the characters, who not only present with a strong and memorable performance individually, but also work together as a team to create a piece of feel-good comedy with a message. Of course, no one can forget the star of the show - ePup* - who is a cute little furry marshmallow that owns video games better than any human ever will.
There are moments of subtle dark humour, which are laced with layers of hilarity. The versatility of the scenes and the characters is astounding. The changes in scene happened so dramatically yet seamlessly. From lighthearted moments between the coach and a student's mum to a slightly more profound and poignant moment in the court of law, the audience was always left wondering - what comes next? Silliness is not a choice, but rather a necessity with any show hosted by Baby Boy Bolognese. The audience can expect to feel strange, but curious, and eventually leave the show in a laughter fit.
Considering that this was the opening night show, it seemed like the crew was well prepared and in sync throughout the performance. A level of improvisation was noticed, which further added charm and appeal to the show. The characters bounced off each others' mantras to create a performance that caters brilliantly to anyone and everyone. As the audience, we couldn't go past a couple of seconds without emotion. We either laughed our faces off or sympathised with the characters.
Baby Boy Bolognese performed at the Adelaide Fringe earlier this year with their show "PeaceByPeace", and the latest one eerily but craftily resonates with similar themes around ending the wars between nations and getting along together, be it over Y2K nostalgia from their previous show or through a video game battle that involves a highly skilled dog* in this current show.
This is a team of young, lovable, and innovative minds, whose talents are grossly underrated. Bringing together elements of weird yet curious forms of humour to the stage, coupled with the admirable showmanship of the performers, it is no surprise that they are garnering success with each comedy show. The performers did a fantastic job at delivering 60 minutes of enjoyable entertainment and, if the highly positive response by the audience on their opening night is anything to go by, then you won't want to miss their show tomorrow night (May 6, 2017).
Jump on the Sydney Comedy Festival website now to support your local talents as they help you forget about your real-life worries for at least a glorious hour!
Cast: Issy Phillips, Concetta Caristo, Daniella Pilla, Jack Savage, Jacinta Gregory, Belinda Anderson-Hunt, John Robles and Davis Murphy.
Director: Alexander Richmond
Music: Hugh Guest
*disclaimer: said dog is not real, but rather a very cute and talented actress who is dressed up to perform as a dog throughout the show.