Tomfoolery ***1/2 (La Boheme until Sunday, March 9, 2008)

February 26, 2008

I think Tom Lehrer will be reasonably happy with this showcase of his satirical songs from the 1950s and 60s. Certainly, all the favourites are there from The Vatican Rag to The Masochism Tango, from Poisoning Pigeons in the Park to New Math.

Although the show does take a little time to warm up, the crowded nature of the venue, La Boheme, creates an intimate setting for our performers. On that note, do arrive early or you will find yourself perched on a cushion or standing at the bar.

It is suprising how songs once deemed offensive by our premier, Tom Playford, are now quite innocuous, almost quaint.

These wonderful revue singers display good vocal technique, and they rollick through their repertoire like singers on a mission. Even though I would be tempted to trim some of their cheesy banter, I can recommend this show to Lehrer buffs looking for a little fix of polite and clever naughtiness.

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