Weeping Spoon Productions' offering for the Perth Fringe Festival is Checkout – The Musical.
The Treasury Postal Hall is a gorgeous venue to walk into. The classic architecture of the balcony and banisters provided a stark contrast to the oversized apple and lamb chop on the stage, which comprised the set. However, as aesthetically pleasing as the venue was, it was abysmal for sound quality. The actors used microphones when they sang, which really helped, but the dialogue just seemed to echo and then evaporate into the air which meant that we lost some of the humour.
The plot revolved around a murder investigation of a grocery store manager. During the investigation, each of the 6 staff members in turn revealed through song, dance and cheesy dream sequences why they had a motive to kill their supervisor. The script embraced the humour in ethnic caricatures and the actors shamelessly played up to the stereotypes.
Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how the show ended because I didn’t stay. Being advertised as a 60 minute musical, I booked in to see another show shortly after it. After 90 minutes of Checkout I had to leave. I’m told it actually went for a further fifteen minutes, so allow two hours and you won’t get caught out like I did.
There are some respectable names in this production and they have done very good work in the past, so it’s no wonder that this production has been selling really well.
Weeping Spoon Productions presents
CHECKOUT – The Musical
by Jane Raitt | music by Ethan Tomas
Directed by Jane Raitt
Venue: The Treasury Postal Hall | Corner St Georges Tce & Barrack St, Perth
Dates: 2 – 8 Feb, 2012
Tickets: $20 Full, $15 Conc/Group