Bourgeois and Maurice: How to Save the World Without Really Trying 5***** - One4Review
one4review | On 13, Aug 2016
It’s Maurice, with a slightly French accent, rather than ‘morris’, as I’d been thinking of it. I really enjoyed this show, and the audience I was in with seemed to too: we got to sing along, and even meet them afterwards.
This show is cabaret, and it’s a pretty good specimen. The songs are well-written and pithy, easy to listen to, and extremely well sung. The narrative structure stringing it all along works well, and is even relevant to the title of the show (how often have you heard the ‘we wrote the title in February’ excuse?). There are neither weak songs nor weak comedy, much of which is on a par with those who specialise in specifically spoken comedy. A good range of topics are addressed, and while I felt the opening gambits maybe stayed a little safe, the commentary got stronger throughout, a particularly good example being the subtle and playful section on feminism.
Also because it’s cabaret, there’s a costume change, and if there was an award for that, this show would definitely win. To top it all off, they have a love song worthy of the mainstream music charts.
A joyful and exuberant show which will make you feel better about a wobbly world simply by existing.
Underbelly Cowgate, 21:25
Reviewed by Laura