Written and performed by Alison Kimber
Accompanied by pianist Logan Watt
Season: Friday Feb 20 & Thursday Feb 26, 2015
Venue: The Jade Monkey
The first step of any twelve step program is to admit that you are powerless over your addiction.
Alison Kimber freely admits to being a recovering loveaholic, that she has sometimes found her life defined and controlled by this addiction. Far from being embittered by the topic however, she still embraces the inherent joy that comes with the excitement of love pulsing through her veins.
Her opening song “Hooray for Love” sums this up perfectly, but clearly her perspective and experience with love hasn’t always been positive as demonstrated in her medley of torch songs pining for the school yard romances that might have been.
Now that she is all grown up, Alison speaks with the perspective, humour and self deprecation of a woman who has loved and lost, and indeed loved and won.
Her anecdotes about internet dating are entertaining. Not only has her string of awkward dates provided great fodder for cabaret patter, by including these stories in her show Alison has no doubt made scores of cocktails and dinners tax deductible!
A show filled with love songs is bound to be ballad-heavy, but the repertoire is varied to a point. Alison’s interpretation of ‘Ne me Quittes Pas’ is the vocal highlight of the show, while her pianist Logan Watt shines in the country and r&b style of John D Loudermilk’s ‘Turn Me On’.
Through, or despite all the dating, Kimber eventually found the man for her and the story of their connection elicits the biggest laugh of the night.
I’ve followed Alison’s cabaret performances from her earliest open mic appearances, through cabaret training and workshops, to the point where she is now. In that time she has clearly worked hard on her singing, scripting and stage presence and the results speak for themselves. Loveaholic is a solid cabaret show - well structured and conceived. Kimber is clear on the demographic of her audience - the choice of material and and her execution of it connected extremely well with everyone in the room. I look forward to seeing her next project.