At first it’s hard to decide which Kransky Sister looks the scariest. The one on the right is surely from a vampire movie – that’s Eve. No, wait, the one on the left, Dawn, looks a little freaky and somewhat stunned. She is the half-sister who hasn’t spoken a word since her mother and father both ran away. That leaves Morne, the spiritual leader and dominant personality, whose lines are often mirrored by Eve. It’s really a triple dead heat.
On the basis of musicianship and comedy acting skill, it’s also a dead heat. The Kransky Sisters’ Piece of Cake really is a collaborative effort with everyone contributing magnificently to the overall performance.
Everyone’s favourite sexually repressed spinsters from Esk in Queensland are in fine form for Fringe, creating quirky arrangements of Queen classic “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in The Wall”, Abba’s “Money” and many more tunes, all of which benefit from the unique Kransky take.
Simple arrangements for guitar, tuba, reed organ, bowed saw and kitchenware support the at-times soaring harmonies. Often, though, it is just Dawn on the tuba propping up the vocals. It is always amazing just how much can be done with so little.
Buzz and Richard, the poor victims chosen from the audience for the Kransky makeover, did their bit to keep the audience involved on this particular night. Morne’s quick-witted, unscripted ad-libs brilliantly kept pace with the changing circumstances of the show, where things weren’t quite under her control.
This isn’t a show with huge belly laughs, but you can’t help but be hypnotised by these two-and-a-half sisters of the macabre, as you gently chortle and giggle your way through a terrific hour of classic Fringe entertainment.
The Kransky Sisters: Piece of Cake is playing at the Royalty Theatre until March 16.
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