Cabaret satire sucked in a whirlwind of stupidity

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THEATER

SS Metaphor

★★ ½

Malthouse Outdoor Theater till December nineteenth

Transfer over, Ruby Princess – SS Metaphor docked on the Malthouse Theater with a cruise ship cabaret spot. Happily, the ship is just not a floating incubator of illness, however this journey into catastrophe comedy traces a chaotic course, and as reside leisure, it’s more likely to fund as a lot as fleet.

Ash Flanders in SS Metaphor.Credit score:Pia Johnson

The present takes the often-repeated mantra “we’re all on this collectively” and tries to select it up. That must be a straightforward aim (I forgot that Twitter wag outlined the block as the center class hiding whereas the poor introduced them issues, however they have been on the cash). Sadly, many of the present’s promise as social satire is rapidly sucked right into a whimsical turbulence of stupidity.

It begins with a lampoon of showbiz – the outsized ego and harsh competitors – constructing right into a murderous conflict between the resident diva (Natalie Gamsu) and a maitre d ’(Ash Flanders) on stage for onboard leisure management.

Because the fires of the communist revolution ignite beneath the bridge, the present’s former companion (Will Conyers) is unmasked, and a local weather scientist within the viewers (Zenya Carmellotti) is cordoned off to steer the ship. stricken by a collision course with the Nice Pacific. trash vortex.

Rubbish collision, in fact, is an integral a part of the sensibility of the Ash Flanders camp, and SS Metaphor typically rides the wave of popular culture into memorable ingesting fountains. Flanders isn’t afraid to pay a flamboyant tribute to a ’90s marvel – there’s an idiotically humorous faucet routine at Des’ree. It’s important to be – and the belt of torch songs and cabaret requirements comes with a facet slapstick horror server.

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