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Crossover

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Dark humour is definitely the short version of why Crossover will give you the giggles. Read on for the longer version.

It happens all the time on our favourite television shows. Characters from one show up in the other, often a ploy to lend some star power or double the promotion of a sponsor.

This play, performed by Perth actors Rachel Foucar and Angela Donlan, does just that. Jen’s (Foucar) soap opera needs a boost from Bridget (Donlan), the sitcom star. Bridget is trying to find ways out of her laugh-track existence.

Jen’s bad luck, dour life is getting her down and Bridget has two kids who summon demons and eat live goats for dinner. How will she get that pentagram out of the carpet?

The result of the two opposites meeting in a crossover dramedy is a blend of good and bad, inappropriate moments and unexpected left turns.

The transitions between scenes with no set and a convoluted plot line is sometimes bumpy but does add to the uneasy tone of the play in general.

Reminiscent of Serial Mom, the blend of cheesy sitcom throw-away lines with the serious business of career versus motherhood provides plenty of material to laugh and/or cringe at.

The play references the absurdity of modern life, from bake sales to Tinder dating.

Sprinkled throughout are original songs, performed acapella with a hint of percussion from the maracas and triangle. Even a kazoo makes an appearance in a scene borrowed from Rosemary’s Baby, complete with black blanket on the baby.

Don’t feel guilty at laughing inappropriately at lines regarding motherhood and feeding live animals to your little devils.

In fact, it’s encouraged!

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Amber-Blake

Review by Amber Blake on 23 Jan 2019

This is Amber’s second year as a FRINGE WORLD reviewer, and she manages to suppress the urge to shout I’M BACK, BABY! Amber’s regular 9 to 5 is writing grown up documents for the government but her true passion is writing reviews and observations, which enables her main hobby; people watching. A long-time audience member of FRINGE WORLD, you’ll find Amber at random shows throughout the festival, not waiting for friends to get their own tickets organised. Life is too short to miss out on funny and weird!