Review: Dragging 30

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Dragging 30Kalk Bay Theatre is razzling and dazzling audiences with the new comedy cabaret and drag show, Dragging 30. Genna Galloway (Grease, Cats, Sound of Music) is not only one of the the onstage trio, but shows off her multitalented self as writer and producer of this musical satire about a midlife crisis. Her downstairs neighbour-turned-instant-BFF is Natasha van der Merwe (Mamma Mia, Sister Act), and Alain Fleishmann drops in halfway through for a special appearance as drag queen Cadenza Jones, who spits out pearls of wisdom through the pouty lips of a botoxed face.

The dialogue in Dragging 30 is witty and the situations that Genna and Natasha get themselves into had the audience roaring with laughter. It’s an hour packed to the brim with entertainment, though with so much happening in that short time it feels like they are telling three separate stories at the same time. There’s no golden thread to tie them all together, resulting in a broken narrative that makes me wish we could explore one story at a time, in greater depth. Individually, the stories are a lot of fun: a Bikram yoga musical; a sudden drag show; and two 30-something party chicks lamenting the fact that they are still on the shelf while the rest of Facebook is getting married. Jammed together in an hour, however, the pace of the stories can feel a bit forced and continuity has to be carried by props and puns.

Dragging 30 is a bit of a rollercoaster with definite ups and downs, but it’s hilarious nevertheless. Galloway, Van der Merwe and Fleishmann really come alive during the musical performances, singing both classics and catchy original songs. Kalk Bay Theatre always provides a great night out with an escape from the mundane, and Dragging 30 holds to that.

Marilu Snyders

Dragging 30 will run at the Kalk Bay Theatre from 29 September to 10 October 2015.

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