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Orange is the new funny in this quirky show
I have great admiration for a performer who can seamlessly move between shows, taking on different characters in the process. Dani Cabs somehow manages to do this in one evening - morphing from a character in double act show Weekend at Barnie's to hot, passionate Latin lover in his solo show Poncho Orange later the same night.
When I say 'seamlessly', that is stretching it a bit, at least for opening night. By Cabs' own admission, the opening night of Poncho Orange, currently playing at the Tuxedo Cat, was the first time he'd performed the show in about six months. It was a little clunky and under-rehearsed in places, and at one point, Cabs admitted to changing the order of the show, no doubt leaving his sound technician in a spin.
This show has everything - including rhythmic gymnastics
But overall, this didn't detract from what is a very funny show.
Audience alert up front - this is a show where you can pretty much guarantee you will be involved in some way (though not on stage). So if you want a show where you can sit back and enjoy, but not engage with the performer, turn around and start running now.
Audience alert - Poncho heads out to perform a reading
The show starts with Poncho weaving his way through the audience, cloaked in - you guessed it - an orange poncho. It's an entrance that has the audience both tittering and hoping they won't be targeted. But we all are, at some stage.
The format of the show feels a little like a stream of consciousness by Poncho, including some 'memorable' singing, some readings, dance, yoga, rhythmic gymnastics, and his very own version of crowd surfing. We learn of his love for all things orange (but certainly not yellow). We are treated to a progressive striptease. Poncho is obviously well endowed, and we can't help but wonder what will finally be revealed. (We weren't disappointed!)
Will all be revealed in this crazy, unpredictable show? Come and see!
Poncho has an encounter with an orange that veteran burlesque performer Moira Finucane would approve of.
This is a crazy, unpredictable show that had me laughing throughout. As long as you can approach it in an open-minded, expect the unexpected kind of way, perhaps forgiving the slight lack of polish here and there, you will have a great time and come away from it with a big grin on your face. Definitely a show to put on your MICF list.
Poncho Orange plays at the Tuxedo Cat, 293-299 Latrobe Street, Melbourne each night (except Wednesday 19th April) until Sunday 23rd April. Check the website for the show start time, as session times vary.
Poncho Orange is suitable for audiences aged 16 plus. Running time is one hour. Ticket prices range between $13.60 - $22.Click here to buy your tickets online. Tickets may be available at the door (if not sold out).
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