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Overall rating: ★★★★1/2 Date attended: 05/03/2019
Bubble Show for Adults Only is exactly what it sounds like - there are copious amounts of bubbles, interspersed with a range of adult-style cabaret acts that will leave you well-lathered with a sense of sexual curiosity through this utterly risqué yet enjoyable show. There is a sizzling display of bubbles like you've never seen before, as it takes stage in a show that primarily explores relationships and sex, and involves a soapy mix of innuendos, partial nudity, and profanity that make this show mischievously fun.
Bubble artists and real-life partners Kurt Murray and Iulia Benze have created a show that is worthy of a permanent place in any Fringe show, through their ability to combine all the elements that are needed for a classic late-night show for adults who are looking for a rowdy and rambunctious night of entertainment - burlesque, cabaret, acrobatics, mime, clowning, slapstick comedy, and questionable props that unquestionably work for the theme of this strange yet fantastic show.
Amongst the sex-filled beautiful chaos that unfolds before us, we see a heartbreaking yet all-too-real rendition of the withering evolution of Murray's and Benze's character relationships, as they go through the dreaded monotonous chapter of life, which ends up with the breakdown of their relationship, that is beautifully personified through Murray's solo performance. Incorporating sign language into this segment helped me appreciate the beauty of this non-narrative-based storyline, which may have felt as a bit of a disconnect from the rest of the show, but on its own, proved itself to be powerful and dynamic.
Individually, Murray and Benze are able to shine through their artistic abilities to create impressive structures of bubbles, display a level of flexibility that seems effortless, but in reality is quite an admirable skill to possess, and perform acts that regularly attract a ton of appreciation and gratitude from the audience. Together, they are a firecracker of a duo, who know how to bring an electric energy on stage, where every time you'll want to look away at what may seem to be a confronting segment, you have simultaneously left yearning for more.
While the show doesn't have a non-linear storyline and occasionally seems to go down a path that you're unsure of where it's headed, it quickly reels you back in with lightning speed just as you start to zone out - just like how kids are constantly left in a state of awe by the power of bubbles and what they can do.
By executing a fun and dynamic piece of bubble burlesque, audiences are treated to a theatrically bold representation of love, lust, and relationships. It's playfully naughty, unimaginably skilled, and f**king hilarious, where you won't know what to expect, but it adds to the beauty of this incredibly entertaining show.
If you haven't been to the Adelaide Fringe yet, then I'd strongly recommend you to pop that bubbly cherry by going to Bubble Show for Adults Only, especially if you're looking for a high paced show that encompasses burlesque, cabaret, comedy, non-narrative drama, physical theatre, and bubble art - all in one slippery yet titillating show.
Bubble Show for Adults Only will be performing at Gluttony till March 16, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.