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Perhaps disorganization is to be expected when the back story is the deaths of the entire cast of a variety show, leaving the sole survivor, the understudy Roberta, to carry on in La Charade. The disarray, lame attempts at audience involvement and head-shaking lack of polish exhibited in its opening performance tested the patience of onlookers, some of whom bailed early.
Rani Huzsar of Melbourne performs entertaining physical feats, such as folding herself into a relatively small box, but the presentation is a train wreck. She leaves members of the audience on the yawning mainstage as she goes off to change.
The funniest moment was unintentional. She pulled up on stage a Mexican man with limited English and gave him instructions that got lost in translation, almost scuttling her magic trick with his $20 bill. Then she asked him to clean the prop-strewn stage while she went for another change.
Huzsar couldn’t have come all this way to pull off this charade, uh, La Charade.
— Kevin Prokosh
From the Fringe program:
What happens when the whole cast of a variety show gets knocked out by a freak accident? That's everyone except for the crazy and ambitious 'Reserve, Reserve Assistant' for the famously egotistical star magician Fantismiko Glorious. The show must go on!!
A star from the 'bottom-up', Roberta from Portaloo is now running the show, and it's better than ever... according her. A whirlwind of fun-filled stupidity, audience participation and world class variety acts.
Director: Fraser Hooper
Cast: Rani Huszar
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors
Under 16 not admitted.
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:13 PM CDT:
Updated on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at 3:57 PM CDT: