Review: Suburban Gothic

Down streets littered with hard rubbish and a suprising amount of dildoes lie the creeps and crazies of the cul-de-sac, nightmare neighbours behind white picket fences, “I’m not racist” relatives who will ruin your wedding, a couple driven made in the labyrinth that is Caroline Springs, one-ups-manship in the playground under the worst of circumstances… this is Suburban Gothic, an original Australian Cabaret performed by Karlis Zaid, Mark Jones & Aurora Kurth. But with all the horror in the world already, it’s probably best not to dwell on it.

Every demon in denim has crawled out from under the rock, and over an hour of pitch black satire garunteed to make you more than a little uncomfortable (while still being hilarious) the cast demonstrate through a variety of musical styles an intense understanding of the less desirable aspects of the human condition that we all try so desperately to hide.

Highlights for me included the terrors of the modern day vampire – without any of that Twilight crap – and a tribute to the nobility of the Flasher and his art.

Not for the faint of heart, and “Rated R, for the broadminded adult”.

Suburban Gothic is performed by Karlis Zaid, Mark Jones & Aurora Kurth, with writing from Zaid, Jones, and Karin Muiznieks, directed by Steven Gates, and is at the Butterfly Club 8:30pm until Sunday January 29. Tickets are available at the door and via the website.

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Nick Jones

Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe. Writer/Observer.

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