|Tiffany (Brett Pfister) - Miss Behave (Amy Saunders)|
Produced and performed by Amy Saunders and Brett PfisterThe Playhouse – Canberra Theatre Centre – 31st January to 2nd February, 2019
Performance on 1st February reviewed by Bill Stephens.
Honed during an eighteen month stint in Las Vegas, then the Edinburgh Festival, and last year at The Sydney Opera Show, “The Miss Behave Gameshow” delivers exactly what it promises - a riotous hour of audience participation of such staggering silliness, that it was impossible not to be drawn in.
The show was presented on the stage of The Playhouse which for the season was converted into a grungy theatre restaurant decorated with neon-coloured Lurex curtains, cardboard props, and cardboard signs proclaiming such faux existentialisms as “Nothing Means Anything” – “Don’t Ask Don’t Get” – “Don’t Tell Me What to don’t” – “Life’s Not Fair”.
|Miss Behave (Amy Saunders)|
The self-proclaimed, talking Glitter ball, Miss Behave, (London cabaret artist, Amy Saunders) and her assistant, Tiffany (Brett Pfister, tall, lanky, tattooed, mustachioed and wearing worryingly-short shorts) were already on stage when the audience entered. They directed people to their plastic chairs, occasionally chatting with someone, or pointing out the bar, but generally going about their business setting up props, or relaxing with a book.
Although she resolutely refused to commence the show before the advertised starting time, when that was reached, Miss Behave flew into action, quickly divided the audience into two teams based on the brand of their iPhones, explained the rules of the game, which most, including her, ignored, and displayed the array of prizes up for grabs, which included a used VHS tape, a toll of toilet paper and a vintage sanitary pad.
Then for the next hectic hour Miss Behave was the quiz master, judge and jury, asking generally unanswerable questions, allotting and subtracting points at breakneck speed for anything and everything. No-one was pulled up on stage or embarrassed, but as Miss Behave cheerfully doled out helpful hints for coping with life between issuing penalties to teams for breeches like, not speaking up quickly enough, or not being disappointed enough at not winning, it became hard for even the most reluctant audience member to resist being caught up in the excitement and the silliness of supporting their own team.
|Tiffany ( Brett Pfister) performs an interpretive dance|
Whenever there was a break in the barrage of questions, Tiffany would demonstrate his amazing flexibility with an eye-watering interpretive dance. At one point Miss Behave stunned with her act which involved a rose and her tongue, before a couple called Matt and Svetlana charmed with a graceful quick-change act which turned chaotic when a wardrobe malfunction left them both naked and confused.
Almost predictably the performance ended in a bunfight. Literally, when the audience burnt off their over-excitement pelting each other with hundreds of coloured plastic balls showered from the stage.
|Miss Behave (Amy Saunders) encouraging audience in art photography|
Silly?…Of course. Cheeky?…Occasionally . Bawdy?…Definitely, but as presented here with such under-lying skill and chutzpah, terrific fun.
This review also appears in AUSTRALIAN ARTS REVIEW. www.artsreview.com.au