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The Wharf Revue 2017

"you’ll kick yourself if you miss it"

Trump, Abbott, Kim and Merkel provide the grist for the Wharf Revue's endlessly churning satirical mill.

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Wharf Revue 2017: The Patriotic Rag

Date: 18 Nov 2017

“An unabashed thumbs up,” from Richard Cotter at Australian Stage Online for this year’s Sydney Theatre Company Wharf Revue, The Patriotic Rag.

“Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phil Scott, are joined by Blazey Best in a ninety minute romp that wraps up a year with Trump in the White House, Abbott waiting in the wings like the ghost of Banquo, and Kim making disastrous Korea moves.”

John Shand caught the show at the Riverside Theatres in September and had some reservations: “It is not as oxymoronic as it sounds to say that this is both one of the funniest Wharf Revues and one of the most uneven.” There are moments, Shand notes, when gags “collapse like a souffle when the oven fails.”

But Shand was impressed by newcomer Best, who “fits in as if born to the task, variously playing Julie Bishop, [Michaelia] Cash, James Ashby, Merkel (channelling Marlena Dietrich) and Ivanka.”

Cotter agrees: “Best blazes … her Angela Merkel has a palpable poignancy as she sings new lyrics to The Gorilla Song from Cabaret.”

The last word goes to John P Harvey at Stage Whispers: “With its unsurpassed comic delivery of perfect lines and great musicality by actors with faultless delivery of their victims’ personas, the 2017 Wharf Revue deserves the widest possible audience, and you’ll kick yourself if you miss it.”

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