Mar 14

FRINGE 2018 – COMEDY – Jason Pestell: Kmart is Life – Rhino Room – 4K

Kmart is Life, a comedy skit on bargains and the life of being a cheap stake. A local comedian, Jason Pestell has quick-wits and has given Australia a taste of it. In the show, Pestell described his life mission of finding the greatest discounts and bargains for homewares at Kmart; divulged the audience of his visits and research on most of the stores he has visited across South Australia.

Pestell’s show was relatable and engaging, strung along by asking the audience questions and appealing to them using real-life shopping issues. He also shared tips on how to get the best bargain. It’s a shame that it wasn’t targeted to everyone but mainly to women of certain ages. There were moments when he was a bit hesitant with his jokes so sometimes you are left uncertain whether to laugh or not. It was a great show that apparently had a target audience in mind. However, they laughed the most and seemed to have been able to relate.

Overall, it was a fun experience and a must-see if you’re a bargain lover, especially if you’re also in for a little bit of karaoke and singing along, which is included towards the end.

Definitely would recommend watching this show. It has 3 more days to go and it’s a sweet treat for all you bargain hunters out there!

Kryztoff Rating: 4K

Mar 14

FRINGE COMEDY – Mark Twain Tonight – Buckingham Arms – 2K

By Peter Maddern

The 19th century produced a wide array of writers – poets, philosophers, playwrights and the like – on both sides of the Atlantic who not only captured the mood in their societies but who’s observations have withstood the test of time. One can think of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw and, of course, the subject of this show, Mark Twain.

Whether his thoughts and writings can constitute comedy is open for debate but unfortunately this relaying of the great man’s thoughts didn’t work or do him justice.

One of the things that separated out these big mouths was their brashness and their views of the world which were mostly formed and promulgated by the end of their 30s or 40s. By presenting Twain as an old withered man, this reviewer thought the brilliance of the younger man was lost.

Whatever one’s view of that, when one reflects that the four most famous quips of Twain as rated by Mr Wikipedia didn’t make it to this show, truncated to just 25 minutes, it is hard to conclude this show nailed his subject or his target audience.

Kryztoff Rating  2K

Mar 14

FRINGE COMEDY – The Gong Show – Producers – 3.5K

By Peter Maddern

For those of us who grew up in the 70s, The Gong Show was a view of another world, of weird stuff we had never seen on television with stars like the Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, JP Morgan, and the extraordinary host Chuck Baris. Luka Muller doesn’t have quite that talent and room to work with in the upstairs room of The Producers but he has done his best to capture that show’s vibe.

For his hour, he has assembled a collection of comedians in town for the Fringe who get around three minutes to strut their stuff and if they fail to engage they can get gonged. For Tuesday night’s show Luka had assembled performers from Singapore, Serbia and onto the USA. It’s all good fun, certainly the comedians enjoy laughing at each other’s jokes but there is much to amuse the casual observer and it is great way to finish one of these last nights at the 2018 Fringe. For a different take on the Best of format, the Gong Show is fun.

Kryztoff Rating   3.5K

Mar 14


by Riccardo Barone


Terry North is back for you with his irreverent, provocative selection of world wide comedians.

The Griffin’s balcony is packed and the audience can’t wait for the next comedian.
Kyle Legacy from UK opens the night with his post-punk provocative attitude. The interaction with the audience is prominent and with successful results.

From US a loud scream breaks on the stage. It’s the energetic LJ Da Funk, with all his charismatic gutty jokes “to be best enjoyed retrospectively”, just in case the “Balrog” doesn’t remind you anything.

After fifteen minutes of delirious humor Goerge Demaris from Melbourne is ready to calm down the scene; he can’t wait to fashinate everyone with his elegance.

The last one, the award winner Jinx Yeo, really particularly appreciated, from Singapore, conquered the spectators with his stories about his childhood and a strong dosage of self irony.

No brochures or programs have been provided.













Kryzstoff rating 4K

Mar 14

FRINGE MUSIC – Louise & Sally on Tin Pan Alley – Queen’s Theatre – Kryztoff 5K


scaled_low-res-LouiseSally-800x800Alexander Ewers

Louise Page has a voice that almost defies description. The moment she utters her first words of introduction, any uncertainty about “Louise & Sally on Tin Pan Alley” is definitively laid to rest. There is a timbre about the spoken word that promises magic in song, and Louise does not disappoint. In every aspect Page’s peer as artist and musician, Sally Greenaway delivers a piano performance worthy of the jazz halls of bygone eras. The term accompanist would be insulting – compositional and musical virtuoso is perhaps a more appropriate title.

West 28th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Manhattan, New York – aka Tin Pan Alley. “Louise & Sally on Tin Pan Alley” pays tribute to the golden era of early 20th Century jazz, blues and swing, but also transports one directly to the creative heart of this movement. With renditions of Cole Porter, Scott Joplin, George Gershwin and referencing innumerable other icons of both genre and era, Louise and Sally retell the birth and evolution of the music that defined a generation and still resonates today. Both of these artists deliver a tour de force in their own right. Each could (and at times does) command and enchant as solo performer. Together, a conversation unfolds on stage, with spine-tingling vocals answered and matched, complemented and even rivalled by an exultant, dancing instrumentation that marries Bach with Greenaway originals, and Gershwin with Judy Garland’s “Song of the Century”. The resultant jazz-classical fusion is a paradisiacal ecstasy of experience – “got rhythm; got music …. who could ask for anything more?”

Allow the reviewer the indulgence of mentioning a couple of lasting personal impressions. Sally Greenaway caressing improbable variety of depth and tone from the ivory keys of the grand piano, effortlessly transitioning between nonchalant improv and classical motifs. Louise Page – statuesque, every movement and expression weighted, poised. Transcendent vocals, evoking the nostalgic and the sultry, an incredible power finessed from both extremes of register but perfectly balanced by commensurate control.

Page and Greenaway are artists of such sublime and superlative calibre, that this reviewer feels it irreverent to attempt a full dissection of either’s virtuosity. Their litany of individual achievements and awards speaks for itself. The performance provides a smorgasbord of heartfelt moments – frissons of tingling delight, moments adrift in poignant solitude, surging compulsions to dance, ripples of collective and communal pleasure. It is a rhapsody, painted not just in blue, but in all the colours and the language of the soul.

One leaves the embrace of Queen’s Theatre, Playhouse Lane feeling satiated. Sated on happiness and emotion and music, and yet at the same time hungering with newfound appetite for more of Louise and Sally, and for more of Tin Pan Alley. Not just for jazz aficionados, anyone with an appreciation for music should come, drink, and drink deeply!

Kryztoff 5K

Mar 14

FRINGE 2018 – MUSIC – Stravinsky & Chanel – National Wine Centre – 4.5K

Emma Knights Productions presents this hour-long journey of a preview to the rumoured love affair of two undeniable icons that revolutionised their respective fields. Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel’s influence on each other lives and the world truly echo to this day. With those echoes, this performance has portrayed it very well with the intertwining of the Chanel No 5’s signature scent lurked in the midst of the melodies of Rite of Spring.

An enchanting serenade that has truly encapsulated the essence of the era. The singing was very alluring and stupefying at the same time. The performers were on point with their musical abilities whether it was on the clarinet or the keys. Definitely mastered very well and no note that was played incorrectly.

Truly a captivating affair, with or without the pun intended. Absolutely delightful. Kudos!


Kryztoff Rating 4.5K

Mar 13

FRINGE 2018 – COMEDY – Amos Gill – Where Have I Been All Your Life? – RHINO ROOM – 4K

By Olivia Henry.

You might recognise Adelaide’s Amos Gill from hit107, ABCTV’s All Star Comedy Gala or even Just For Laughs. However, if you’ve never seen him live, his new show is Amos as you’ve never seen him before.


The radio star’s gift of the gab translates well to the stage. He takes the audience on a wild ride through his past few relationships that will leave you laughing, cringing and letting out sympathetic sighs left, right and centre. This one-hour stand up show at the Adelaide Fringe is raw, unfiltered and unapologetic; you’re not going to hear these stories on breakfast radio.


Perfect for the 20-something year old, Amos’ material says what we’re all thinking… and some things we’re definitely not thinking. With this in mind, Where Have I Been All Your Life is not for the faint-hearted. Amos covers his love life in very intimate detail, his wild travels and life as an Adelaide boy.


You’ll leave with mixed emotions. Being single is fun! But also, it sucks. And who is this ‘X’ he keeps talking about? We do NOT like her and we need answers!


You can catch Amos at the Rhino Room and Gluttony until March 18. Tickets are selling out fast, so get yours here.


Mar 12

FRINGE 2018 – Music – “One Wild Night: The Australian Bon Jovi show” – The Arkaba – 4.5K

By Julia Cudsi

A tribute show is something of a known quantity – you go in living on a prayer that you will  hear your favourite songs and hoping that the tribute artist treats your favourite star and their music with respect without giving them a bad name.

And that is precisely what “One Wild Night” did with their Bon Jovi show. Playing everybody’s favourite hits from the atmospheric top of the Arkaba, Tib Horvath transformed into Jon Bon Jovi and performed hits which were true to the original, from the dramatic “Bed of Roses”  to the anthemic “It’s My Life”, and all of the other hits in between.

Playing to a large crowd of obviously diehard fans of Bon Jovi, this show was, indeed, if not necessarily a wild night, then at least a great night out.




Mar 12

Fringe 2018: Undercover Refugee – 4K – The Producers


Sit back as Karen and David take you through a lighthearted, yet very real, tale of Karen’s work with Syrian refugees in Lesbos, and in transit across Europe into Germany.

Part theatre, part comedy, Karen weaves a tale of the social media obsessed volunteers, kindhearted refugees, mafia bosses, and sleazy and racist policemen that she came across during her time as a documentary filmmaker. Making their way from Greece to Germany, Karen notices the different treatment she receives from those she encounters compared to her Syrian friends, the sway her Norwegian citizenship has amongst her fellow Europeans, and how she ended up with far more friends than she ever imagined.

Both actors are charming, with a guileless enthusiasm that infects the audience. You leave their show feeling emboldened to be kinder, try harder, be more accepting and open to other perspectives. Karen’s charm and David’s energy help keep the show entertaining, and a clever mix of video and storytelling helps reinforce the show’s message – in fact, the show would have served better with an ending of a video or montage, instead of a step-by-step walkthrough of the ending images.

The show needs a little polishing, and a better room choice at the Producers, but it is nonetheless a great show with a lot of heart.

Kryztoff rating: 4K

Mar 12

FRINGE 2018 – Comedy/Improv – Unplotted Potter – Tandanya – 4K

By Julia Cudsi

Another Fringe staple for repeat attendees, Unplotted Potter is the brainchild of local improv troupe Scriptease.

As the title suggests, this show is one for the Harry Potter fans – each night, an extremely minor character from the Potterverse is selected (via the scientific process of a name drawn from a hat and audience applause) and the entire show is improvised around that character. For Saturday’s show, this character was Madam Malkin, a squat, kindly witch whose greatest dream was to run a robe shop on Diagon Alley. As is typically the case with improvised theatre, murder and mayhem ensued – along with a great deal of hilarity.

Although this show is (accurately) billed as being all about Potter, that does not diminish the enjoyment factor for those few who, like myself, are not fans of JK Rowling’s work. If you are looking for a fun night out with some friends enjoying some fantastic local talent, then you can’t go wrong with Unplotted Potter.