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Spielpalast Cabaret

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

Chopped up into 15 incidental vignettes, the Spielpalast Cabaret offers up a rolling dissection of modern day consumerism and commodification as its travelling cabaret act hits rough times. Sexed up by a raunchy female dance cast, host Maxwell (Phinneus Sonin) leads the group through an exploration of capitalism and industry after the end of WWI. Though this theme snakes its way through the performance, it’s only teased and hinted at, and it would be more impressive to see it as a fundamental element of the production. With some sloppy changeovers, awkward pauses, and a slightly mismanagement of structure, the production never quite reaches its potential; while roaring with moments of class, there are too many fractured and gauche moments.

Hill Street Theatre, 5 – 18 Aug (not 10), 10.45pm (12.00am), £6.00 – £8.00, fpp299.
tw rating 3/5