Short + Sweet Cabaret - Just a Little Something I’ve Been Working On
After being crowned the overall winner as well as picking up Best Writing and People’s Choice Awards at 2011 Short+Sweet Cabaret, Ruth Wilkin is in fine form in this full-length version of the same show at La Bohème.
Wilkin goes to town portraying an eccentric, peanut-loving, Orlando Bloom-obsessed performer in this hilarious satire on cabaret with talented Trevor Jones on piano.
She recounts her failed attempts at getting into musical theatre both as a cast and crew member. Then comes a light bulb moment, when it dawns on her that she can just write her own cabaret and have the spotlight to herself. With misguided enthusiasm and a mic stand that’s semi-attached to her throughout the show, she dishes out odd advice on how to write that smash hit, interspersed with catchy original tunes, slapstick humour and a bit of Rick Astley.
There is a fine line between deranged and passionate. Wilkin treads it precariously and brings in truckloads of belly laughs.
Just a Little Something I’ve Been Working On is a fun, light and charming show that will have you come out of it smiling ear to ear.
Reviewed by Lena Nobuhara
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