Sunday 16 April 2017

These Things Take Wine review - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

I don't like wine, never have, and after seeing These Things Take Wine and the effects it has had on cabaret performer Tash York, I don't think I ever will. However, this comedic alcohol-fuelled love song to wine is a highly entertaining show that I could easily go back to for seconds.

With her hair dishevelled, lipstick smeared on her teeth, black dress creased and with most certainly a myriad of alcohol stains embedded deep into the fabric, York looks a right mess. Yet we immediately warm to York, because we've all been there and we know exactly what that hangover feels like.

York takes us through a number of well-known songs whose lyrics have been creatively re-written for a touch of wine-spiration: Michael Jackson's "Black or White" for example, is turned into a hilarious anthem for York's appreciation of all wine: red or white. There are plenty of surprises in store with These Things Take Wine, which include power drills and puppies, though thankfully not at the same time. York is just drunk, not psychotic.

Accompanying York on piano is Jamie Burgess who ensures that she is pulled back into line whenever she gets distracted by a glass of wine, a bottle of wine or a drop of wine on the floor. The repartee between the two is highly entertaining, especially when Burgess begins to encroach on York's spotlight, and what a spotlight she deserves. York displays a broad range of vocal ability and her versatility in songs and styles keeps everyone entranced during the show.

York has been on my periphery for a number of years and I finally had the chance to see her with These Things Take Wine. It's an incredibly funny show that showcases the comedic and vocal skill that York hold possesses. I'll drink to that.

Venue: The Butterfly Club, 5 Carson Place, Melbourne

Season: Until 23 April | Mon - Sun 5.30pm
Length: 50 minutes
Tickets: $32 Full | $28 Conc

Bookings: MICF website

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