The best fun has come from our ABC home reviewer - the hapless and now-hounded "Greg of North Maclean". I'm very grateful to Spencer Howson and 612 Breakfast for sending a home reviewer along - but certainly nobody could have predicted how it's all turned out!
Greg was an older gentleman, and had never actually heard of Felafel the book. So he wasn't really aware of the tone and style of the play. Some of his more humourous comments were "they didn't take the opportunity to make points about real social issues to do with drugs", the language was "over the top", and that the audience was laughing, but then "there was a woman there with blue hair" (One of our big supporters has blue-coloured hair; I think Greg was implying we attract "alternative" types). The best line though was near the end, when Greg described it as "A Show You Wouldn't Take Your Wife To".
Now that, my friends, is going on a badge.
I put out the call to the "Burgers" (Birmo's blog community) to make their opinion known - and bless them all for taking up the challenge with their usual gusto. What a wonderful bunch they are. Actually, many Burgers have already been along to see the show, and have published reviews:
- Beeso had a great time and took some excellent photos
- I didn't get to meet Sweetpea, but she's given us a great wrap
- It was really lovely to see the marvellous NatV again - she spent opening night wedged between Birmo and playwright Simon Bedak!
- And my mate Disco Stu has given his honest, frank and outraged opinion.
If you're in Melbourne, you should come along - it's at the Trades Hall in Carlton South at 8:15pm. It'd be great to meet any Melbournites!
I'll be crashing at my good rocking buddy G-Watt's flat in Brunswick before catching another red-eye home on Thursday morning.