‘All I Want for Christmas is Revue’ was a fast-paced sketch show covering issues such as politics, relationships, comedy and advertising, amongst many others… except Christmas.
This high-energy sketch show had minimal structure, aside from being bookended with superb musical pieces, which were the highlights of the evening. Each sketch varied from a few seconds to a couple of minutes. These changes in pace meant the show rarely felt stale.
Amongst a talented field, there were particular standouts. Firstly, James Cameron displayed excellent and eye-catching character work as both a politician and a member of the animal kingdom. Kaibu Suvarna demonstrated uncanny and surprising voice-over skills that delighted the audience. Bridie Pamment brought excellent energy and showed off a killer voice, which earned a discrete round of applause from the audience. And finally, Eamon Dunphy was the all-round standout performer in the evening’s show, bringing huge laughs with a captivating stage presence.
There was a divide between the show-stopping sketches that demonstrated the immense talent of the group and an element or two that missed the mark. These disappointing sketches appeared to have minimal grounding and felt forced, making the ‘cheap’ laughs less satisfying.
The above considered, ‘All I Want for Christmas is Revue’ was an enjoyable and eclectic sketch-show that for the most part, brought big laughs throughout. The Law Revue Alumni have plenty of talent from which to drawn on so future productions from the individuals or the entire group will likely have something for audiences to enjoy.
Law Revue Alumni are done for the 2019 MICF festival but check them out on Facebook and Instagram for future shows.