Art & Design
Posted by Carla Sammut
25. Jan, 2012
Pineapple has died, plucked too early from the snack platter of life and stuffed into some old lady’s handbag, leaving his devastated devilled egg mother (Penny Harpham) behind. Also singing and bowing their heads in grief is his cocktail sausage fag hag (Sherilee Kahui) and asparagus roll lover (Jake Preval).
Working through the five stages of grief our appetiser friends reminisce about Pineapple through song, dance and an enforced sing along. To the naked eye this all sounds horrendous but it’s actually really wonderful.
The underlying discussion of coming out and a parent’s difficulty in accepting, The Pineapple Sorrows packs a punch delivered by adults with giant pieces of glittery food on their heads. A serious message delivered with humour (and some caustic one liners) is always more gently received.
The Pineapple Sorrows is excellent in a holistic sense. The all hors d’oeuvres ensemble is wonderful, warm and a bit demented. The set, props and costumes are perfect as well as the music performed and written by Dylan Lardelli. As they say “A feast of grief, fags and finger food”, you wont look at a party platter the same again.
The Pineapple Sorrows is performed by Crossditch Theatre Company for Midsumma
It’s playing 7.30pm until Sun 29 Jan at La Mama Theatre, 205 Farady St Carlton
Tickets available online www.lamama.com.au or via the La Mama Booking line 03 9347 6142
$25 Full | $15 Concession
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