Cranked Up, the latest production from Circus Oz – which is now in its 35th year – touts a strong message of cultural diversity and inclusion. While there is plenty of chemistry and energy to be found onstage and the performers are having fun, that enthusiasm fails to reach the audience.
Mason West provides a memorable burlesque performance as he seductively emerges from a piano to perform a well-executed swaying pole routine, but overall the production lacks creativity in its design and falls short of hitting the high expectations set for itself.
Opening night was filled with long speeches that seemed to go on forever, followed by fumbles throughout the show. The troupe’s irreverent Aussie humour worked in places, though several wailing children in the audience failed to see the humour in having their favourite magic routines intentionally torpedoed. (LD)
Until Jan 27, The Big Top, Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, $25-95, ticketmaster.com.au