Speakeasy has been a very successful show over the years and has received critical acclaim during the Adelaide Fringe.
Patrons !—– get dressed up in your Gangster and Moles costumes for the night and step back to the roaring 20s with our live musicians, actors and singers.
Speakeasy An Extrava-Gangster
An Upstage Theatre Production.
Speakeasy tells the tale of Bubbles Galore’ The Star of the Copa- Cobana Club who hires Private Dick Sam Shovel to find some missing photographs of her and “Never mind who” in a compromising situation before her boyfriend Al Cabana finds out.
Al is the head of the Mafia – like Cabana Clan and runs the Speakeasy Club with brothers Sal, Mal and Hal.
But life if isn’t complicated enough , there’s a surprise or two for everyone when the mysterious “Agnes” arrives at the club…And just who is the other “Al” with the outrageous moustache? And why has he assumed the bosses name?
Speakeasy transports you back in time to the “Roaring Twenties”, A Time of Prohibition, Murder, Mayhem and Comedy.
So guys come dressed in your pin stripped suits and Fedoras , Dames in your Flapper Dresses and Boas,
And relive the time when Gangsters their Moles owned the clubs and life was cheap but the women were cheaper.
Speakeasy: An Extravagangster Adelaide. Fringe 2014 review – *Recommended Show*
The opening musical number is an explosion of colours, feathers, fedoras and choreography that sets the scene.
The plot takes inspiration from iconic Roaring 20’s and gangster-style films and musicals, including Chicago, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Godfather and Scarface. The mystery of the missing photographs is the main plot, aided by several other questions including the identity of the new barman at the Cabana Club. The “taking care of” Louie the Louse, a rival gang’s snitch, and the mysterious cleaner who appears at the most inconvenient of times singing lustily the old favourites from Italy.
Some of the musical numbers had modern arrangements, and the costumes were magnificent as was the stage decoration and the lighting highlighted the ambiance of the Cabana Club. The live music never missed a beat and added to the authenticity of the setting.
The plots and mysteries had a satisfying conclusion and the rousing grand finale song is still stuck in my head.
“Speakeasy: An Extravagangster” is a family-friendly, entertaining show that dazzles and captures the opulence and luxury of a speakeasy club from a time when gangsters owned a town and women ran the show. A light-hearted comedy for lovers of period musicals and frivolous entertainment.
Reviewed by Prerna Ashok: 1st March 2014 FRINGE REVIEW UK.CO