Gluttony - Masonic Lodge
Until 17 Feb 2019

Review by Jamie Wright

Presented at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival

A mix of actor’s how-to and history/mythology lesson – “Garry Starr Conquers Troy” is an hour of madcap, high-energy fun that showcases the immense talent that is ‘Garry Starr’ – and, while it’s very much in the same vein as his previous show (complete with the same costume of ruff, tight pants and leather jacket – at least to begin with; it was a little stuffy downstairs at the Masonic), “Garry Starr Performs Everything”, it’s different enough to have its own identity.

Starr’s humour is very quirky, even corny in parts, but at the heart is some very intelligent writing; the combination of the two – plus Starr’s thoroughly engaging stage presence – makes for a genuinely enjoyable show. Starr dances, performs (with the help of audience volunteers) skits and in some of the most laugh-out-loud funny parts of the show (which is saying something), rewrites the lyrics of classic tv show theme songs to fit stories from Greek mythology. And you’ve never heard a take on the Trojan horse story as funny as his.

It’s a work in progress – he’s working from a running sheet side of stage and there were a couple of missed sound/lighting cues – but it’s still brilliant. There are only a handful of performances this Fringe, but if it’s back next year when those few rough edges have been sanded off, it’s one to put at the top of your must-see list.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)