Fringe Review: 'Wil Greenway: The City Ate the Stars' is Immaculate and Heartwarming
WARNING: If you do not wish to have your life changed for the better forever, do not attend Wil Greenway: The Way The City Ate The Stars. The rest of you; keep reading about this excellent West Australian premiere of Wil Greenway's three person show, a showcase of such dynamic storytelling you will want to live in his world forever.
Spawned from the perils of a mis-sent text, this show is dazzling from the get go, larger than any life that has ever lived, and ain't that the magical power of theatre? Greenway embodies every one of his characters so fully, including the stage version of himself, with such vivacity it is as if there is suddenly a fantasy land before the audience's eyes, not an empty room... with no set. The contrast of the poetics with the lack of props creates a holy text, played out tumultuous, time traveling form.
Full of heart and hyperbole Greenway could tame a dinosaur, while whispering to it the answers to the mysteries of the universe, with a twist of his tongue and a click of his fingers. Impeccably paired with singing duo Kathryn Langshaw and Conor Greenway, whose melodies lift the show to deistic heights, Greenway's lyricism reminds the audience of the glorious macrocosm storytelling can be. As a sudden and encompassing art form, immaculately displayed here, the possibilities are endless. This performance is the impossible made possible; it cannot be believed that a show can be this good until it has been seen.
You'll leave laughing, weeping, with a memory to hold in the corner of your ribcage forever. Now go see it while I go shout about it from the rooftops. You will not regret it!