Posted by Carla Sammut
17. Jan, 2012
Where do you start with Ash Flanders? I want to leave it at “if you like the gays and you like to LAFF GO SEE ASH FLANDERS”. But he and his new show Negative Energy Inc. deserve much more than that.
To step into Ash Flanders’ world is to stick your hand into muddy fetid waters and pull out random objects – a dead horse, a mangled Cher wig, a terrifying rendition of “Jesus take the wheel”, smeared lipstick, Judge Judy, Christian summer camp, an exquistely tailored suit.
Standup and pop culture pastiche backed up on piano by the wonderful Dave Barclay, Ash Flanders assaults you with his almost lucid opinions on anything (and I mean anything.) Flanders seems to live by the old adage: if you have a point to make you might as well ram it home with a song
Negative Energy Inc. promises you will feel 300% worse after seeing it. I don’t know about that, but it certainly does make you feel violated in a way that is underterminable. Ash Flanders is one of the most wonderful aspects of theatre in Melbourne.
Negative Energy Inc. is playing at Theatre Works as part of the Midsumma Festival
Jan 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 and 5 Feb @ 7pm
Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Tickets: $25 Full, $20 Con and Grps 8+ (plus booking fee)
Bookings: 03 9534 3388 or www.theatreworks.org.au
A feverishly fraternal, in-your-face drama.
Martin McDonagh’s least performed play of his Leenane Trilogy, A Skull in Connemara, is an unnerving display of small town Ireland in this morbid black comedy.
Escapologist Andrew Basso is on his way, six other illusionists in tow, set to bamboozle the bajeezus out of Melbourne.