Murder by Chocolate: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Feast yourself to a ravenous romp of comedic carnage performed to perfection by two extremely talented New Zealand actors. Tantalising the audience with deliciously tempting culinary references and chocolate-laden props, the latest Flaxworks production playing during the Melbourne Comedy Festival is an outrageous binge of humour, mystery and spontaneity condensed into a thoroughly entertaining 80
Murder by Chocolate: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Murder by Chocolate: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Feast yourself to a ravenous romp of comedic carnage performed to perfection by two extremely talented New Zealand actors. Tantalising the audience with deliciously tempting culinary references and chocolate-laden props, the latest Flaxworks production playing during the Melbourne Comedy Festival is an outrageous binge of humour, mystery and spontaneity condensed into a thoroughly entertaining 80 minutes of sheer comedic relief. Connoisseurs in dishing up a recipe of food and comedy in such previous productions as Biscuits and Coffee, Alex Ellis and Phil Ormsby pair together yet again to deliver a murder mystery so mouth-watering it will leave you hungering for more. Held at the La Mama Theatre, Murder by Chocolate follows the attempted foray of creatively stifled writer, Felicia Fargo, into the devious world of crime writing. Seeking a ‘romancipation’ from her alter ego as Dorothy Doyle, Felicity yearns to escape the wet pillow of romance novels by writing under her own name. However Fesley, her Darth Vader-esque publisher, thwarts her desire to indulge in crime fiction for fear that it will detract attention from the book launch of her celebrity-chef mother, Margo Fargo. A traumatic childhood of abuse from being used as an ingredient in the career success of her mother has spurned Felicia's cocoa addiction and craving for the limelight. When a sudden chocolate-caused casualty enters the scene, Felicia, along with her nervous and possibly expendable Research Assistant Dorian, cannot resist the temptation to use the hunt for a lethal Willy Wonka as creative fodder for factually-based fiction. Throw a mysterious manuscript into the mix, and suspicions are rife for who might be the cocoa-laced culprit. The intimate surrounds of La Mama’s cosy theatre space allows full use of the stage, so the audience are able to appreciate the great versatility of the actors in this delectable theatrical delight. Switching seamlessly between such disparate characters as the clueless Detective Inspector Colin Constable to the buoyant clairvoyant Madam Vulnavia, Phil Ormsby showcases his extraordinary talent in cooking up the personalities of the supporting cast. Alex Ellis is brilliant as the tortured Felicia searching for literary acclaim. Directed by Melbourne local Caitlin Dullard, who also added the lighting effects for the show, the tight-knit team play effortlessly off each other and prove that they really are masters of their craft. Taking on the entire development of the piece from the script through to production since its debut in 2007, the multi-talented members of Flaxworks show that they really can make their pudding and eat it too. Murder by Chocolate is just the dessert to satisfy every sweet-tooth’s comedic craving. The script abounds with wit and erupts with random cultural spoofs from My Fair Lady to Sherlock Holmes. This indulgent, hilarious show is overwhelming evidence that comedy really is to die for. Murder by Chocolate: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Date: 1 - 12 April Times: Wed, Fri & Sun 6.30pm, Thu & Sat 8.30pm Duration: 80 minutes Venue: La Mama 205 Faraday St, Carlton Prices: Full $25 Concession $12 Group (10 or more) $12 Laugh Pack $12

Revelly Robinson

Tuesday 21 April, 2009

About the author

Revelly Robinson is a playwright and novelist. Her debut science fiction novel Pangaea is available from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415698