Monday, February 22, 2010

Adelaide Fringe 2010 Review

“The Chronic Ills of Robert Zimmerman: AKA Bob Dylan (A Lie)”

Tamarama Rock Surfers, Bakehouse Theatre.

Review by Matt Byrne, Sunday Mail.

February 21, 2010.

 ½

You don’t need drugs to enjoy this acoustic musical romp, Bonito [sic] Di Fonzo’s hallucinogenic script will suffice.

Tamarama Rock Surfers combine the music of Bob Dylan with a mess of other musical icons and poets to deliver one of the wackiest shows in the Fringe so far.

The music and singing is great, the acting and bizarre fusion of ideas mostly clever and the real Dylan fans in the house didn’t mind some Dylan Thomas thrown in for good measure.

It’s an entertaining mishmash that follows the Dylan mystique and persona through the decades from his humble start as Robert Zimmerman to revered musical giant.

Matt Ralph as Zimmerman/Dylan, versatile Andrew Henry in a range of roles and volcanic-voiced vamp Lenore Munro deliver the unique dialogue in the style that young Zimmerman rapped with his contemporaries.

It’s weird but good as the musical times keep changin’.

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