Copyrighted to Australian Stage.
Linguistic Loonacy is aptly named, but unfortunately neither the linguistic nor the lunacy facets of this particular show had been developed to achieve its latent comic elements.
The show began on a relatively promising note with its introduction to Dadaism but a series of short ‘sound poems’ delivered by Razor Hope (Graham Parker) while certainly delivered very articulately, were far from being laugh out loud, let alone even worthy of a giggle. Overweight multisyllabic words, extravagant abstractions and hyperbole all have their place, but somehow they just didn’t seem to work. And when Parker did in fact deliver some genuinely comic lines they were too few and far between.
Mavis Hart (Maureen Hartley) was a smartly dressed police officer and while Parker did most of the talking for the 60 minute show, Hart was an engaging presence and interacted well with the audience. Almost a pity she didn’t have any lines.
This show could have been wonderfully funny; it had a carefully crafted set, excellent use of video clips and design and while the occasional lighting may be unsuitable for those who have a strong dislike for flickering fluorescents – the overall production was passable. But it could have been much better.