Entertainment Hive 2020

A Very Kransky Christmas

Adelaide Festival Centre, Space Theatre, until December 10

Review by Honey B

The Kransky sisters are strange and they are kooky – a bit like the Adams family with an Aussie twist. Sisters Mourne (Annie Lee), Eve (Christine Johnston) and half-sister Dawn (Carolyn Johns) travelled from the little town of Esk in Queensland to give us Adelaideans a little snapshot of their Kransky Christmas traditions. The trio, led by superbly by Mourne told heart-wrenching family tales about their mother and their sad childhood with poker-faced brilliance. Dressed identically in black and white blouses with big red bows, over- the-knee black skirts and black, straight wigs the modest sisters cleverly intertwined an eclectic mix of song throughout the hilarious show. Dawn doesn’t speak at all, but she lets her tuba do the talking, while Mourne leads the way and Eve follows. Mourne and Eve play a number of instruments from keyboard to tambourines, a pot and brush to biscuit tin. Musical highlights included a creepy version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, a fun and festive Deck The Halls sing- along and Eve playing the saw for Silent Night was breath-taking. Two unsuspecting audiences members also joined the sisters on-stage wearing the Kransky uniform and their rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas was very, very funny. The show is quite retro and the sisters revel in plenty of witty banter and innuendo. The opening night audience thrilled to every moment of the performance and gave the sisterly trio not one but two standing ovations. What a way to herald in the festive season.
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