Kransky Sisters - Three Bags Full: Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Of all the events at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival - the one I was most excited about reviewing was the Kransky Sisters’ Three Bags Full at the Melbourne Town Hall. Generally when you attend a show with so much enthusiasm you walk out slightly disappointed in some way—but I am therefore extremely happy to report that not only did this show live up to my expectations it actually surp
Kransky Sisters - Three Bags Full: Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Kransky Sisters – Three Bags Full - Melbourne Town Hall Of all the events at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival - the one I was most excited about reviewing was the Kransky Sisters’ Three Bags Full at the Melbourne Town Hall. Generally when you attend a show with so much enthusiasm you walk out slightly disappointed in some way—but I am therefore extremely happy to report that not only did this show live up to my expectations it actually surpassed them. For anyone who has never seen or heard of the Kransky Sisters, trying to describe the premise of their act in simple terms is actually quite a difficult task. Words such as surreal, macabre, original, and hilarious are the best I can do with my limited vocabulary, however the only way to really understand what they are about is to simply experience this spectacle for your self. The Kransky Sisters consist of Mourne, Eve and Dawn Kransky (played by the extraordinary Annie Lee, Christine Johnston and Carolyn Johns), who are three sexually frustrated gothic spinsters from the rural town of Esk, Queensland - with more personality traits and skeletons in the closet than Jeffrey Dahmer. Through impeccably delivered monologues and dark, twisted interpretations of contemporary songs (‘heard on the wireless’) the audience are transported to a place that at times is almost too uncomfortable to bear. There were moments when you could literally hear a pin drop as the audience was held spellbound - only then to be transported to another place through their faultless harmonies, musicianship and bizarre collection of instruments. The music is in fact what bonds the entire act together and their original takes on such songs as Staying Alive & Werewolves of London are not only hysterical, but also mesmerising in their own way. The simple fact that the Kransky Sisters can cover such well know contemporary works seamlessly into their act as they do is a true testament to their ability both as musicians and as visionaries in their field. This talent has certainly not gone unnoticed. The Kransky Sisters have been steadily building a reputation for themselves both here and in the UK, where they have been met with rave reviews similar to mine. They have also made numerous appearances on SBS and the BBC – possibly a dedicated series of their own in the future could be on the cards? If your idea of a night out is to sit in front of a standup comic and have a barrage of expletives hurled at you, then the Kransky Sisters will most certainly not be your cup of tea. If however, you like to contemplate while you listen, love surprises, and simply wish to be entertained, then start queuing now – you will simply love this show! It is not very often that I have the opportunity to review such original material as this for ArtsHub Australia; it is also a rare thing for me to use such words as genius when summing up. I do truly believe however that the Kransky Sisters are a rare thing in the world of comedy and deserve all of the accolades they have received and more. Kransky Sisters – Three Bags Full - Melbourne Town Hall Date: 14 - 26 April Times: Tue-Sat 8.15pm, Sun 7.15pm Duration: 70 minutes Venue: Melb Town Hall - Lower Town Hall Cnr Swanston & Collins Sts, Melbourne Prices Full $29.90 Concession $24.90 Group (10 or more) $24.90 Laugh Pack $24.90 Tightarse Tuesday $24.90

Trevor Gager

Friday 17 April, 2009

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Trevor Gager is Company Memberships Manager for ArtsHub.
When he’s not in the office you will find him listening to Bowie, Classical Music, and breaking up fights between his two Cats (Pablo & Andy).