Big Friendly and I have literally walked in the door after having gone to see Face It at the Kalk Bay Theatre. I thought, in the spirit of the show’s content, I would get right down to it and “share” my personal opinions with the rest of the world at large. On my blog. On the interweb. Like Twakkie says.
The show was devised and created by Anne Hirsch and Alicia Price, performed by the former and directed by the latter. And it’s about the internet in general and facebook in particular. Ish. It is a collection of quirky, off-the-wall scenes and video inserts, that lasts about forty five entertaining minutes.
The things I enjoyed. Anne is delightful and engaging. She created a great relationship with her (tonight’s rather small) audience, and she is also very funny. I liked all the facebook references and found them clever and funny. The subject matter is fresh and young and very hip. I loved the scooter and the surprise ending. My most favourite part was the character, photos and dialogue of Tessa Techie. She was totally up my alley and I found her hilarious and nuts.
The things that were not fantastic. The show was a bit too short. The video inserts were not consistently good. I liked the first ‘ring of fire’ one. The second one was very cool because it was totally interactive with the footage, and the performer was totally integrated. The last two were too long, obscure and served as costume change interludes. Naah. Then, there was too much stuff that was brought onto stage, used once, and then taken off.
I had fun, but I was expecting a bit more…revelation? discourse? discovery? The style sits between theatre and stand-up, with a very direct relationship with the audience. (Poor Big Friendly was picked on in the opening moments and then made fun of for the duration. His little cheeks flamed.) This ‘informal’ style is relaxed but it definitely takes away some of the theatricality.
The biggest problem that I think the show has, is going to be its appeal to a relatively limited audience. My sense is that it is not entirely a Kalk Bay Theatre audience type of show. It is not the sold-out Shirley Valentine. And my other sense is that the target audience, who would love the show, don’t go and see live theatre.
So, in a nutshell, it was good to see young, fresh, creative talent out there, but I think more could be done with the concept and there could be more of it and tighter. It’s a laugh, but right now I have to sign in to facebook and carry on my game of Scrabulous with ‘one of my best friends, confirm’ in L.A.