The Kransky Sisters have been prowling the Fringe circuits, picking up awards for many years, yet this is the first time I have ever seen them. They didn’t disappoint.
The premise is that three spinster sisters are a touring musical group from Esk in Queensland and they drive around to many obscure places, performing the songs they learned on the wireless. The group is made up of Mourne (Annie Lee) who is the eldest and clearly the most dominating force of the group, often reprimanding her sisters and calling the shots for the show. Next in line is Eve (Christine Johnston) who is a sweet vegetarian who quietly, and somewhat eerily, echoes Mourne’s words as she speaks. These two oldest siblings have a bond not shared by their youngest and notably only HALF sister, Dawn (Carolyn Johns). Due to a complicated family relationship, there is resentment evident between the girls and Dawn doesn’t speak (although she does sing and play Tuba) for the duration of the show.
The Kransky Sisters tie in their arrangements of popular songs with tales of their relationships and adventures. Their instruments are creative and unusual, a violin bow used on a saw was one such example played by Eve. She managed to get a lovely vibrato sound out of it too by holding it between her knees and tapping her heel.
All three ladies have gorgeous voices and the harmonies are tight. The Kransky Sisters are a well-oiled machine and their experience shows. The only thing that could have been snappier was the audience participation section at the end. Funny as parts of it were, it tended to drag a little bit. Despite that, the characters were endearing and I was well entertained.
A-List Entertainment presents
Piece of Cake
The Kransky Sisters
Venue: Comedy Shack | 20 Parker St, Northbridge WA
Dates: until 14 Feb 2016