In a dramatic upturn to my week that wasn’t, I saw the last performance of Taryn Bennet’s show Frogs at The Kalk Bay Theatre last night. Now I know that writing about a show the morning after its run has ended is like hitching the wrong way up a one way street, or smoking in the shower, but, Ugli Bob (who is involved in this show, and does the teeniest walk on too) was telling me that there are two performances at The Intimate at the very end of the month and I can’t tell you enough how you should make an effort to see this delightful show.
I must be honest, the title, press release and other reviews of Frogs have not done it justice. I kept reading that it was a tiny show, and bleak, with a glimmer of hope at the end. And sometimes, especially after the miserable time I’ve had, the last thing you feel like is ‘slit your wrist’ theatre. My experience of it was totally different. Although Taryn herself is micro woman, her performance and energy on stage is huge. Although the subject matter is the lonely life of a waitress/mime, Taryn tackles it with gusto, enthusiasm and boisterousness. The show crackles and pops and skips along, and I spent all of it smiling and even laughing out loud. There were moments of sadness and pulling at the heart strings in this very genuine story, but on the whole I felt it could have gone on for hours and I would have been delighted, involved and very entertained. Taryn is hilarious, quirky and adorable. Her timing is fantastic. I absolutely loved the show.
The title Frogs is misleading though, and I spoke to Taryn about it afterwards. It’s not that it doesn’t make sense, it’s just a bit obscure (and I can’t help thinking, a bit off-putting). So, take my word for it, and try and see it at The Intimate.
Oh, and I need to mention that The Kalk Bay Theatre are reducing their prices! Times are tough and one of the first things that happens is people say that they can’t afford theatre. Well, Simon and his team have decided to make theatre and food unavoidably cheap. Check out their new pricing structure for Gaetan Schmid’s new show Rump Steak opening on Wednesday.