Performing to a smaller crowd, Bec and Daria were superb in their enthusiasm and determination to close out their Fringe run strongly. They established their characters and set the audience expectations early. ‘Making it Rain’ appears neither sketch nor a play; instead it focused on the two distinct characters and their interactions with each other as well as the audience.
When ‘Frankie’ and ‘Sal’ played with the audience it mostly brought the crowd together but there were points where it alienated a member or two. The key to a Frankie and Sal show from an enjoyment perspective is to go along with it and get involved if prompted. Rarely was anyone picked on unnecessarily. When an interaction looked like it was going too far, either Bec or Daria were mindful enough to keep the show flowing.
Bec and Daria held themselves well on stage, in both delivery and their stagecraft. With only the occasional offbeat or miscue, the show ran smoothly even when it included some surprising but equally entertaining props. The most enjoyable humour of the show was drawn from the characters interactions and some of the more left-field moments…including a cheeky stonefish. Despite the occasional repetitious moment or joke that overstayed it’s welcome, ‘Making it Rain’ sets a solid foundation from which to build.
Frankie and Sal’s 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival is over but you can follow them on Facebook for information about their upcoming shows.