Review: Guilty Pleasures
Katherine Sullivan | On 22, Oct 2015
Direct from stellar seasons in Melbourne and Sydney, new Australian one-woman musicalÂ Guilty PleasuresÂ is a witty and energetic exploration into the lives of five ordinary women driven to commit acts of extraordinary violence. Fans of Orange is the New Black or Cell Block Tango, this oneâ€™s for you.
Presented by Blue Saint Productions, and performed by musical theatre sensation Angelique Cassimatis, Guilty Pleasures consists of five stories about five different women who have all killed the men in their lives. Each story is unique and dark, making the audience question what will happen next to make the women snap. The show opened with a Midwestern housewife who is ignored and mistreated by her husband. She puts up with it for years before shooting him in the head and singing a marvellous song that features the line, â€œhis brains look bigger on the wall.â€
Presented in the intimate Visy Theatre and running for 60 minutes, Guilty Pleasures is beautifully staged with vintage suitcases that contain costumes from various eras. With the theme of madness bubbling below the surface, each of the five stories prove to be an exhilarating ride. Angelique Cassimatisâ€™ portrayal of five completely different women had the audience in awe. Her ability to transition effortlessly between characters was both impressive and a joy to watch. She delivered raw emotion in every scene, whether in be laughing menacingly to crying hysterically, Cassimatis truly shines onstage. Â
Original music by Hugo Chiarella and Robert Tripolino successfully sets up the feel of each scene and softly continues throughout the entirety of the production. The lighting design catapults the audience into pure darkness in the midst of the drama only to shine the spotlight back on to reveal the brutality that is human emotions.
The songs are twisted yet meaningful and the characters strangely entertaining. If I could recommend any musical to see this year Guilty Pleasures is it. This home-grown production is violently sexy with its dark humor and romantic cynicism. Cassimatis’ lured me into a musical world that I hadn’t been in since Sweeney Todd and I desperately wanted to stay longer.
WhatÂ Guilty PleasuresÂ
WhereÂ Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse
WhenÂ 21 â€“ 25 October 2015
How MuchÂ $34 â€“ $39
More informationÂ To purchase tickets, visit The Brisbane Powerhouse website here
Image Credits: Brisbane Powerhouse