Midsumma: Finucane & Smith’s Caravan Burlesque

The hardest shows to review are often the ones that stand head and shoulder above the rest. I mean what do I say about Finucane & Smith’s Caravan Burlesque? It’s high energy, clever and uproariously funny, showcasing the ever-consummate Finucane and a bunch of bawdy cohorts who are every bit as talented. Can I go home now? Okay, if I must go on …

Finucane & Smith’s Caravan Burlesque
Finucane & Smith’s Caravan Burlesque

Finucane & Smith’s Caravan Burlesque follows in the same vein as their previous productions, featuring vignettes by a number of burlesque acts and performers. What I enjoy about their productions is that, while they have plenty of artistic merit, Finucane and Smith never forget to entertain their audience.

I’ve seen Finucane’s acts a few times before, but I never tire of them. Intricately nuanced and absurd, I find a new appreciation for her theatrical abilities every time and marvel at how she animates a simple idea to the rapture of her audience.

Maude Davey is the affable showgirl punctuating this show with both nostalgia and many laugh-out-loud moments. I admire how Davey can portray a character with such finesse one moment and then transform into the lovable larrikin the next. (I’m only sorry I didn’t get to eat any of her strawberries!)

A lovely addition to this production is cabaret artist and crooner Kamahi Djordon King. It’s something quite special to hear a song sung in his native tongue with his silky tones and easy breezy presence. His performances in this show act as a complimentary juxtaposition to other upbeat acts.

And there’s so much more to Finucane & Smith’s Caravan Burlesque: Paul Cordeiro, Lilikoi Kaos, Holly Durant and Anna Lumb who will dance, dazzle, sing and hoola hoop their way into your hearts.

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For newcomers and hardened addicts of burlesque, alike, don’t miss this show. Any show that crescendos in an all-out disco with the entire audience dancing – including my boyfriend who NEVER dances – has to be worth its weight in gold … or $38.

Finucane & Smith’s Caravan Burlesque
Review Date: Thursday 31 January 2013
Presented By: Finucane & Smith
Venue: Northcote Town Hall
Opening Date: 31/01/2013
Closing Date: 09/02/2013
Online: midsumma.org.au

Karla Dondio is a Melbourne based freelance writer who has been reviewing theatre, comedy, cabaret and other live assortments for five years now.

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