I moved to Brisbane in 2009 having through the years lived in The Netherlands, UK, South Africa, Qatar and now Australia. I'm a single mum with three kids always looking for penny pinching ways to have fun and discover new places and things to do.
A cabaret about a straight girl and her gaggle of gays
Studio 188 may have been originally an old Baptist Church but today, it was a cool venue for a variety of arts and performances. It's hip and modern and you can be forgiven for not even realising that you're in an old religious building - a great setting for Cassie George and Michael Mandalios' cabaret show; There's Something About Mary(s).
From the moment Cassie begins, you have no choice but to "fall in like" with her and the story she is telling. Skilfully, guiding you through her early love life, short-lived childhood romances and the uni flings and finally to the lost love, all the while managing her friendships and commitments to her Gaggle of Gays in hilarious fashion.
Family and friends in the audience learn a true intimacy to the show, allowing you an honest glimpse into the truth of her story. As she travels through her life sharing the trials and tribulations of being a fag hag, you know that they've been there with her. The backing from Luke Volker as her musical director and comrade throughout the storyline leans a comical insight to the frustrations her queer friends must be experiencing as they try to guide her on her search (in all the wrong places) for true love.
The content leans itself to a great cabaret, with laughter never far away. Cassie presents the show with a strong vocal singing voice backed by excellent piano music from Luke. The songs are well-known and allow active audience participation – a must in any cabaret!