|You're the Voice | Geraldine Quinn|
|Written by Simonne Michelle-Wells|
|Wednesday, 06 April 2011 22:00|
Novice comedians take note – if you want to know how to endear yourself to reviewers, go and see Geraldine Quinn’s You’re the Voice. Let it be a lesson in how the odd serenade to the craft of criticism never goes astray…
Siren songs aside, Quinn is an astonishingly gifted performer. It seems almost unfair that one person has so many talents crammed into them. Quinn’s voice is extraordinary. I saw her perform recently at the LOL Big Gay Comedy Night for Midsumma Festival and she was phenomenal, the stand-out act of the night. She has quite the set of pipes on her and her acting talent is the glue that brings all the elements of her show together.
Last night’s performance of her latest one-woman show You’re the Voice didn’t match that Midsumma performance, however. This isn’t about her impressive singing, dancing, or acting talents. It isn’t even about her equally impressive songwriting abilities, it’s a matter of some directorial choices. You’re the Voice is a great vehicle to showcase Quinn’s singing talents, but it’s also a part of the Comedy Festival where hundreds of acts vie for audiences. Bottom line stuff is that you need to be funny first, poignant second. You’re the Voice follows this formula for the most part, but lets itself down at the end with a poignant, feel-good song about being happy being in the middle of things – not successful, not destitute, just ok. Good thing is, what proceeds the finale is very funny, highly original, and altogether entertaining. Quinn’s Meatloaf-esque rock ballad (think Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad) is one of the funniest things I’ve ever heard. Likewise, her seven minute rock opera about the Comedy Festival is a real treat, superbly showcasing all of Quinn’s super-sized talents (and the source of her critic flattering serenade).
All this show needs is one or two of the more serious songs to be reserved for a different event, and to end with a ripping send-up of Farnham’s classic rock anthem; then it would be one of the true highlights of this year’s festival. Still, the ridiculously talented Quinn is highly recommended.
2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
You're the Voice: Songs for the Ordinary by an Anthemaniac
Venue: Melb Town Hall, Portico Room | Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, Melbourne
Dates: 31 March – 24 April, 2011
Times: Tue-Sat 9.30pm, Sun 8.30pm
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $22 – $15
Bookings: Ticketmaster 1300 660 013 | At the door