The Australian premiere of one of the longest running improv troupes, Baby Wants Candy (USA), creates an hour-long, 100% improvised musical based on the first title shouted out by the audience.
On Sunday the 26th February at the Garden Of Unearthly Delights, the title of the show was ‘Into The Woods‘. Within seconds the cast broke into song and dance, ad-libbing the lyrics from the get go, supported by an equally talented live 4-piece of local Adelaide musicians and the Baby Wants Candy band leader.
During some scenes, the cast strike gold with every piece of rushed dialogue falling together like a jigsaw puzzle, while other times the scene is force fed and awkward. However, whether fumbling or perfect the end result is still the same, hilarious.
The level of talent seems to change throughout the show, most of the time it is like watching a world-class improvisational troupe that have sold out shows in New York, Chicago, LA, and Edinburgh. While at other times, as the cast stall or another member appears to pull them out of a dead-end dialogue, it could be confused for your mates drunkenly reenacting their favourite movie. This is the beauty of Baby Wants Candy.
The humble, self-aware troupe seem to be having just as much fun as the audience, as they quite obviously try to not laugh as they bounce witty one-liners and plot thickening dialogue off each other, or when they don’t, and they have to save themselves from failure just at the last minute as they blurt out the first slow thought that comes to their head.
The show is endearing and insanely impressive. The moments of sloppiness make the show interesting and realistic, a fresh theme compared to the perfectly orchestrated Fringe shows that Adelaide is used to. If the troupe never slipped up once, it wouldn’t make the feat of improvising an hour long musical half as impressive, as each fault is a reminder that this is truly improvised on the spot.
Each performance of Baby Wants Candy is completely different, making the audience leave wanting to revisit to see what show will be performed the next night.
If every show at the Fringe was improvised like this it would be much more entertaining, but for now, you’ll have to make do seeing Baby Wants Candy numerous times.
4 and a half stars
Baby Wants Candy is performing at Le Cascadeur at The Garden of Unearthly Delights until March 19th.