A Christmas Tale is a 60 minute show with a series of short sketches capturing the frantic mother, the Stepford wife, the competitive housewife, and the obedient daughter in law all trying to 'outdo' Christmas, performed by an all-female cast.
Performed by Lisa Dallinger, Tegan Jones, Kelley Kerr Young, Shanon Kulupach, Emma Jo McKay and Constance Washington this show is part comedy, with a little satire, with some sweet and serious moments. There's no pavlova, so eat before you come to the show.
There is some quirky choreography, 'Chrisco' moments and fabulous re-creation of 1950's and 1970's advertisements to gear housewives into endless guilt and an addiction to 'peace pills', all for the sake of a baby born in the Middle East.
This show has potential to be a 'cracker', however, needs a little more 'spice' to whip the audience into a farcical frenzy at The Butterfly Club, who are ready for absurd, quirky and unrestrained exaggeration. The serious moments tend to halt the momentum of the comedy. A few less sketches and drawing out the themes would give the show a comedic hoist, and some more content to play with. There is some political content about multiculturalism and the feminist agenda, but no denouement.
Forget the recipe girls and don't be afraid to 'pour a little more brandy in the pudding' to take it to the next level. How can women turn this Xmas situation around to their advantage?