Dame Edna - A Review

In a show geared to the sellout crowd of straights and gays, Dame Edna, ( the Dame was added during her stint in England ) used a wide range of material depicting her view of the world. Dame Edna, originally known as Barry Humphries, is from Camberwell, a suburb of Melbourne, Austrailia. Her father was a home builder, and her obvious fascination with homes was apparent during a major portion of her act.


Dame Edna used the audience to set up much of her material. She asked several "possums" about their houses right down to the decorating details. Although, funny at first, the bit seemed to "drag" on. She also phoned the mother of a newlywed couple and borrowed several audience members' shoes for a shoe reading.

The audience seemed to enjoy most of the gags, but many appeared unsophisticated and sophomoric for an orange county crowd. There were a few political comments about President Bush and the British royal family which drew loud laughs.

As usual she closed by throwing her favorite gladiolas into the seats to recreate a 70's style hippie candle waving. The audience was receptive to the closing act including the imaginary "mutes" in the balcony. The show was a welcome change from much of the typical and predictable Orange County Performing Arts Center fare.





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