Review: Toupé – the Travelling Sisters
The Traveling Sisters are hilarious. There’s no question about that. All three of them are extremely talented physical comedians, singers and dancers. The show opens with an exuberantly friendly ‘Hello!’ from the Sisters when you walk through the door to the backstage room in the Town Hall. What happens next can only come from the minds of true comical and theatrical masterminds.
To get things straight, Toupé is a sketch show done 100% right. From the opening monologue song to the closing sketch the Traveling Sisters are always moving forward. Nothing is what you expect it to be, and nothing is disappointing. From a sketch inspired by yoga mums everywhere to a tap-dancing plant (pictured), everything is slightly twisted in the best possible way.
There is minimal audience participation, but when something is asked of you, you don’t know whether to laugh, play along or run away. Seeing this show is like being transported to another world, a word where surrealism is the norm and everything is how you remember it only wrong.
It’s impossible to write about this show without giving anything away, because a huge part of what makes it to spectacular is the unexpected. There are illusions of nudity, a strong undercurrent of social commentary and original songs that make you cry with laughter. This might not be the kind of show you want to bring your dad to, but that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t enjoy it just as much as you.
The trio consists of the immensely talented Lucy Fox, Laura Trenerry and Ell Sachs. They play off each other beautifully, are the consummate professionals and make comedy look effortless. Together, these girls are a powerhouse and it wouldn’t be a stretch to think they might become a household name in the coming years.
Toupe is on at 7pm in the Backstage Room at the Melbourne Town Hall until the 22nd of April as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets are available from the box office or the MICF website.