It’s Only Life
The Parks Community Theatre, 20th February 2018
Reviewed: Jacqui Wall
David Gauci’s absolute zeal for life means, in my opinion, he could be the only Director possible for such an unusual and unique review style show. His selection of impressive vocalists is testament to his passion and drive ensuring the audience is totally immersed in the performance from beginning to end. Coupled with his own unbounding talent and his emergence as a Producer of renown, David has been able to secure the incredible talent of the writer of the songs performed, Mr John Bucchino, to not only perform with the cast, but also Mr Bucchino will be conducting a Masterclass of his songs.
Whilst all of the songs performed in the review are un-related, they do tie together beautifully as a showcase of everyday living for each and every one of us, the ups, the downs, the happy times and the sad. The five cast on Opening Night took it in turns to transport us on a roller-coaster of emotions. The simple but extremely effective set worked well and allowed the cast to move freely around the very intimate space of The Parks Theatre 1. I mention the cast on opening night because in fact there are two separate casts performing on alternate nights with a final performance on Sunday 25th February at 5.30pm where both casts will perform together in an all-out spectacular. The John Cast included Fahad Farooque, Carly Meakin, Katie Packer, Lindsay Prodea and Joshua Angeles, all seasoned performers in the Adelaide Theatre circuit and exceptional in their own rights. The stand out song for me and I think the rest of the audience was “Grateful” performed by Joshua. This had not only the audience in tears but also the cast with a stirring round of applause after the dying note. The piano accompaniment by Mr Bucchino was sublime throughout, and his small solo to allow the cast a respite was on another level entirely.
Sadly, there were numerous technical issues on opening night with lighting, and I sincerely hope these are rectified for the remainder of the performances as the show deserves the best.
This is definitely a show not to be missed and I would absolutely recommend it to everyone. Get along and celebrate Fringe Theatre in the West and let’s support this amazing collaboration.