Review by Ryan Hill
Comedy, Drama, Sci fi/ 60m
This show was pretty awesome. Kara Crabb, who’s done some pretty crazy things for Vice Magazine, took the audience on a wild ride into a post-apocalyptic world. Three wives, formally involved in a polyamorous relationship with the now deceased Jacob, seem to have been living off Jacob’s remains and are working out their relative places in this harem-in-a-bunker micro-society. Not to spoil the ending, but shit gets real.
The opening sequence alone is worth the price of admission. The choreography is fun and it was a nice introduction to the tone of the play. I also loved the costumes. It’s sort of a post-apocalyptic American Apparel collection. Everything looked great.
Nothing is off limits in this play. They have a pretty casual relationship with cannibalism, are totally into arranged marriage of babies and there’s lots of other boundary-pushing behaviour dealt with in fun way. This makes for a really fun sci-fi ride.
In a 40 minute play you learn about the values and beliefs of this harem, get a sense of the intrigue of the dynamics of their relationships and come to understand their pain of losing their husband. It’s a strong piece of writing and the production is solidly acted. These characters are complex and their motivations are foreign, it’s a tough job to help us understand this in a short period of time.
I was totally sold. It’s absolutely best of Fringe material. Go see it!
Royal Jelly is playing at Venue 1 – Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue) Wednesday June 25 at 9:00pm, Thursday June 26 at 11pm,Saturday June 28 at 4pm and Sunday June 29 at 7:00pm.Tickets are $10