Ian Toyne and Michelle Fornasier are good comedians, he being better then her most of the time in this play, so I just have one person to blame for my disappointment: the director. Last week, I wrote in my review of “Honour” that it was not much more than a cliché. I'm afraid I have to repeat myself, and go further: Baby Boomer Blues is a massive compilation of clichés, most of them all of us heard at least a few times in a pub or café in the form of teasers (eg, “children should be seen, not heard” or “Pauline Hanson had the courage to say what she felt”). Well, the difference between hearing these statements as teasers in a pub, or in a place like Downstairs at the Maj, which may resemble a café, with wine, food and tea served during its gigs, but isn’t actually one, is that in a pub/café one can choose not be a part of the argument, and just turn around to start a new chat with some other mate about something else.
When the intermission came, after one hour of unbearable fights and distasteful clichés, I looked around to see the face of others in the public (mostly baby boomers themselves), to realize that I wasn't the only one which was dead bored. Watching how quickly the queue formed in the bar, it seemed everyone in the audience was more interested in getting a refill of wine and food than on what was showing on stage. Lucky for those who were able to make it to the bar on time, as nothing changed much after the intermission. Bob and Carol finally leave their apartment in Perth and go on a holiday trip to Thailand. But their fights, clichés and silly jokes go onboard with them and follow their adventures to the very end.
Baby Boomer Blues is not a play I would choose to see. But, still, it is a chance to see two good comedians on stage trying to defeat the odds and do their best, stealing a laugh here and there from the public. I'm pretty sure at least they had some fun, while I and the rest of the audience were left to simply enjoying a cosy place with good foods, drinks and service.
Perth Theatre Company presents
Baby Boomer Blues
by Alan Becher
Venue: Downstairs @ His Majesty's Theatre
Dates: 27 October – 17 November
Times: Monday - Thursday @ 7.30pm, Friday - Saturday @ 8.30pm
Tickets: Full $35 / Conc $25 / Groups 6+ $27
Bookings: BOCS 9484 1133