Libby Hammer and Jessie Gordon are the Anatomically Incorrect Gentlemen. They are both seasoned, popular performers who meld brilliantly in this performance.
This rather peculiarly named show raised some hopes of subtle, sophisticated, risqué, double-entendres. A dash of Noel Coward wit perhaps? These wishes were immediately dashed as the pair launched into a programme of the “magnificently filthy world of dirty music” to quote the media release. Perhaps I should have taken more notice of the Dirty Gents subtitle.
Knowing my Editor would immediately scotch any mention of the song titles, never mind the even more explicit lyrics, placed uncommon restraint on the part of this reviewer. I can only say that the raffish lads not only warmed to the topic but exploited it to the max. Their charm, timing and musicality is well known to audiences however it isn’t often you catch yourself surreptitiously glancing around the room to gauge audience reactions to the material.
The cleverest party of this show is the attitude the ladies take to the raunchiest of patter and songs .It’s like watching a terrier take hold of a toy and literally shake it to bits. Highlights were an acapella gospel number and Hammer’s bluesy, tight-lipped mock trumpet solo. Eye-wateringly funny and so clever!
Armed only with fabulous stage presence, laughable male costumes, ukuleles and the occasional diversion to a side stage piano, Hammer and Gordon ravished the crowd. Together they embraced material from the 1930’s to the present day with unabashed gusto. Their mission was to deliver songs that were “fun, stupid and important”. Indeed, they delivered, especially on the first two ingredients.
A spectacularly vulgar concoction.
Off Broadway or in London’s club circuit, this show has the makings of cult that could run for years!
Anatomically Incorrect Gentlemen present
Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club | 191 Beaufort Street, Northbridge, WA
Dates: 30 January – 03-02-2018
Tickets: $20.00 – $25.00
Part of the 2018 Perth Fringe Festival