Get ready for a sombre but fascinating evening of haunting tunes and tales. A Sad-Ass Cabaret stars the duo TJ Dawe and Lindsay Robertson as they recount the stories of famous musicians’ lives. With his fast-paced speech TJ Dawe shares the stories of singers such as Hank Williams and Judy Garland amongst others while Lindsay Robertson accompanies him with guitar and eventually breaks into a song attributed to the artist whose story has been told.
The sad stories and chilling music will lull you into a contemplative mood in which you consider how artists can still make beautiful music even though they have terrible lives - not because of their pain, but in spite of it. Playing at the intimate Havana Theatre and produced by The Wretched Orphans, A Sad-Ass Cabaret is a beautiful ponderous evening of music and storytelling woven seamlessly together.
A Sad-Ass Cabaret by The Wretched Orphans is playing at the Havana Theatre 6 - 16 September as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival.
~ reviewed by Selene Dublanko
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Hi there theatre addicts, this is Celine Deblanco and I'm going to be reviewing A Sad Ass Cabaret, which is by Wretched Orphans, the production company. It's going to be playing here at the Havana Theatre and I'm pretty excited to see it. I think it's going to be some old time songs and the stories behind the people who wrote them and performed them, came up with them and how they turned their pain into something beautiful. So I'm really looking forward to it and I think that I might cry. So see you on the other side.
So I just finished watching A Sad Ass Cabaret by the Wretched Orphans, which is taking place at the Havana Theatre and I have to say it was sad but not I didn't cry sad. It was very beautiful though. I believe they're a couple, TJ Adone and Lindsay Robertson, perform a dual act in which TJ tells the stories of these old time singers who had very tragic lives and either produced very beautiful or tragic heart touching music and Lindsay Robertson accompanies him and she would both play and sing a song of the artist that TJ would tell the stories about. So in their act TJ would open up with a story, either about Hank Williams or Judy Garland and tell us a little bit about the history of their lives, where they grew up, what kind of things they went through and also a little bit about their music career and he shared some really amazing stories and I definitely learned a lot tonight and it was chilling but it was also like a reawakening of why I like sad music.
I didn't think that I would like sad music but I guess I do. Lindsay Robertson has this amazing robust and haunting voice and she accompanies herself with guitar and I found that the music accompanying while TJ was talking really brings out the emotional aspect of these stories that he's sharing. I believe all the stories to be true so I definitely learned a lot tonight. In TJ's narration, he tends to talk a little fast sometimes and I think that, that will probably get better with the more performances that they do. It is also, seems to be, part of his style and it was still very good but yeah so you really have to be concentrating on everything he's saying. The other thing was that the lighting was just a little bit dim. Not that you really needed a lot of light to see but for my eyes it could have been a little bit brighter.
There other thing was that I think that by the title of the show I thought that there would be more impressions of singers like Judy Garland but Lindsay Robertson sang in her own style, which was very beautiful and I really enjoyed. And so once I realised that's what the show was going to be like I definitely enjoyed it a lot but just so you know it's not impressions of singers but she does sing the songs of the artists that are talked about. Very beautiful, very touching. I definitely got chills at one point, I think when she started singing Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Yeah, definitely a very touching night. It makes you really appreciate the music of these artists and even of artists today. Sometimes people go through a lot. Oh and that was one of their points, that it's not that people have to go through tragic things to make beautiful music but that people go through tragic things and still are able to make beautiful music. At least that's what I took away from that.
Once again, my name is Celine and I am reviewing A Sad Ass Cabaret by the Wretched Orphans, which is playing at the Havana Theatre as part of the 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival. We'd love to know what you think so please comment below and please keep checking our website for more reviews and interviews as they come in. And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel Theatre Addicts. Enjoy your fringe.
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