Wrongtown: Homicide and Homecooking
Wrongtown: Homicide and Homecooking. by Jane Durbridge
I’ve heard many things, but there were a couple of ‘Whoa’ moments in the opening song of Homicide and Home Cooking…moments where I felt a little embarrassed to have invited someone to come along, but relieved they were a someone who was laughing!
It’s almost as though if you smile in that song, the worst has been said and you can warily relax. If you’re shocked you should probably scull your drink and get out of (wrong) town.
Rose and Claire are quick and sassy, and their harmonizing vocals are indeed golden, often belying their brassy lyrics.
In the sumptuous ‘La Boheme’ the show starts with a series of comedy scenarios revealing the seedier side of life. While the songs depicting Adelaide showed they’d done their homework, the Geelong gags didn’t translate as strongly. Perhaps Geelong’s reputation isn’t as maligned over the border?
Regardless, we are enthralled by the team, and lighting issues not withstanding, await each set change eagerly.
Their comedic digs seem to have no boundaries, slowly making their way through Adelaide’s “City of Corpses” murders like the murky Torrens, before moving onto international superstars and burlesque.
The burlesque highlight for me was the raunchy version of “In These Shoes” performed brilliantly by Claire in a pair of….I won’t spoil the punchline.
The burlesque continues as they cook up a very special therapeutic treat, and some braver audience members feel safe enough to receive a taste as reward for successful participation.
This was a thoroughly entertaining show with outstanding vocals, but take note, it does have offensive lyrics and plastic nudity…you have been warned.