Amy Housewine is an acquired taste and the cabaret Back to Crack will only please the least demanding audiences.
Everyone knows that Amy Winehouse’s life is a train-crash and impersonator Lisa Alan has a great deal of talent but this show’s disjointed outline is disappointing. Any semblance of intoxicating originality has evaporated and all that leaves is a flat, plodding and largely wretched affair. Indeed, the entire performance is simply one joke about substance abuse and mental health issues and the rest of the performance is the tired same. It dribbles on, and becomes increasingly unengaging without becoming clever, and there's also a poor choice of jokes – all of them have been heard many times before. However some of the singing on songs such as Love to have a Beer with Amy, If I Only Had Cocaine, Back to Black, Love is a Losing Game and, the ironically titled, Rehab is excellent.
There’s no doubt Adam has star quality but her lampoon of Winehouse during the narrative is poor. This is like a Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Gamay and Merlot with a hint of Shiraz. However, there’s cork and ladybug taint, reduction and oxidisation. The overall impression is one of terror rather than terroir.
Winehouse may have had hit after hit but Housewine is a definite miss.
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2011
Back to Crack
Performed by Lisa Alan
Venue: Banquet Room
Dates: 23 - 25 June 2011
Tickets: $21.00 – $18.00