REVIEW: Amity Dry in MOTHER, WIFE AND THE COMPLICATED LIFE

Reality TV star turns music theatre mum

By Jessica Cornish

Swapping her reno boots for stage shoes, Amity Dry the 2013 Block All Stars winner has written and produced her premiere musical comedy, Mother, Wife and The Complicated Life, exploring the not-so-glamorous side of motherhood and marriage.

Following the lives of four female friends, we learn how each woman is struggling to juggle her own situation. Kate (played by Amity) finds herself pregnant to a man she has only been with six months, and feels that motherhood is consistently beyond her.

Mother Wife and the Complicated Life

Meanwhile, Lily (Rosanne Hosking) is believed to have the perfect marriage but business finds her relationship crumbling, Jessie (Rachel McCall) is the young newlywed bridezilla who is determined to maintain her sex life and not become a boring grumpy mother, and finally Bec (Nikki Aitken, who stole the show) provides comic relief as she gets on with all the everyday, thankless tasks that a mother just does.

Disappointingly, the production side of the show struggled at this venue. Several audio cues were missed, leaving cast talking without amplification, and the lighting was poorly focused, creating patchy dark spots across the stage. Some of the staging was odd whereupon on numerous occasions the cast were performing with their back to the audience: it would have been nice to see their faces rather than their back sides.

However, don’t get me wrong! The crowd really loved this show: the audience were consistently laughing and cheering through the performance, so I don’t think they were affected by the technical issues.

The songs were cheeky and blunt, but then serious when needed with some beautiful four-part harmonies. All the performers were excellent singers, and with the majority of them coming from strong musical-theatre backgrounds, their individual performances were faultless.

Mother,Wife and The Complicated Life will be performed tonight at 8pm at Karralyka Theatre in Ringwood East, before heading up to Sydney and Adelaide.

 

SYDNEY: Everest Theatre

Date: 23 May- 1 June, Wed – Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm

Tickets: $59.50, Conc $55.50, VIP $89.50

Bookings: 02 9351 7940

 

ADELAIDE: Star Theatre

Date: 7 June, 8pm

Tickets: $49.50, Conc $44.50

Bookings: http://www.motherwifemusical.com/events/Default.aspx?EventGroupID=1

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