BRILLIANT COMEDIENNES ALSO EXCELLENT MUSICIANS
Otago Festival of the Arts 2010|
The Kransky Sisters
at Glenroy Auditorium, Dunedin
From 8 Oct 2010 to 10 Oct 2010
[1 hr 5 min, no interval]
Reviewed by Clare Thomson, 9 Oct 2010
Like a lot of the best comedy, to fully appreciate the Kransky Sisters you really had to be there. Try to imagine if you will a medley of Thriller, Beat It, and Billy Jean, sung by your old speech teacher in two-part harmony accompanied by tuba, saw, and tambourine, and you might catch a glimpse of the virtuosity of the Sisters. Though woefully overused, the word epic comes to mind.
The show's brilliance lies in the commitment of each sister to her odd-ball and slightly macabre character, each beautifully executed and sustained right through to the sisters signing promotional wares in the foyer afterwards.
Some of the highlights of the show were watching them deal with the unexpected, ringing cellphones and their recruit from the audience, with perfect ease in their well-mannered rambling old biddy-ness. Sometimes the dialogue did feel a little too rehearsed, but on the whole the dynamics between the three were perfectly pitched.
Mourne, the sisters' spokesperson, was by turns sweet as a pink iced bun and scary as a spitting cobra, Eve was perfectly happy to smile and nod and repeat everything her elder sister said half a sentence behind, and then come out with a devastatingly innocent remark that cut Mourne off at the knees, and Dawn, like a rabbit-faced Harpo, played the audience and her sisters as well as she did the tuba (and trust me you just haven't lived until you've heard the guitar solo in Highway to Hell played on the tuba).
What I really enjoyed was that not only are the sisters brilliant comediennes, they are excellent musicians with a wonderfully rich sound. Their covers of songs they had ‘heard on the wireless' are hysterical and a pleasure to listen to, particularly when they break out into beautifully blended a cappella three-part harmony.
Their eclectic choice of instruments too, including ingenious use of pasta ladle and toilet brush, suited perfectly their personas and their style of music. The Michael Jackson medley was one of the best covers I've ever heard and I didn't hesitate to buy the sisters' CD after the show just for that song, though the tea towels were very tempting.
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