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REVIEW: Little Triangle’s ‘Isn’t It Queer?’ at PACT Theatre

Jack Francis West

Jack Francis West in Isn't It Queer. Photo: Junior Jin.

Well, Sydney, here is a real treat for you!

The Little Triangle is back – not with a tinkle but with a blingle.

Little Triangle was formed in 2017 when Rose McClelland and Alexander Andrews got together to “present boutique productions that platform emerging and established musical theatre performers.”

Their latest show, entitled Isn’t It Queer?, presents a selection of the songs of Stephen Sondheim, whose lyrics can often be interpreted ironically.

It’s been a long wait as COVID-19 delayed the show, but now it’s on stage and a real delight not only for LGBTQI persons, but also for cis women like myself (and cis men too, of course).

The program notes that “Broadway is dominated by the girl-meets-boy narrative, leaving queer characters waiting in the wings.” The producers wanted to rectify this sad state of affairs by offering a “queer collection of cut numbers, rarely performed works and beloved classics.”

Gavin Brown & Andy Freeborn

Gavin Brown & Andy Freeborn in Isn’t It Queer. Photo: Junior Jin.

Director Alexander Andrews says, “The show begins in the golden age of musical comedy, when girls couldn’t say no to tapdancing cowboys or when sailors on shore-leave chased women all over Manhattan. The show is split wide open by 10 queer characters who take us on a journey of happy beginnings and painful endings – through first dates and final goodbyes, new romances and old relationships.”

Gay performers Jahla Black, Gavin Brown, Phoebe Clark, Blake Condon, Andy Freeborn, Samuel Hurley, Adelaide Robertson, Marissa Saroca, Alinora Tame and Jack Francis West contribute not only their fabulous voices to the evening’s entertainment, but also their comedic talents, which can be as subtle as the lifting of an eyebrow at the right moment.

Whatever your sexual preferences, but especially if you’re gay, you simply MUST NOT MISS this exhilarating new cabaret coming from the Little Triangle. You’ll walk out of the theatre on a cloud.

Until Apr 23. PACT Theatre, 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville. $35-45+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.littletriangle.com.au

Isn't It Queer cast

Isn’t It Queer? Photo: Junior Jin.

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