From his humble beginnings studying cabaret in Melbourne, Reuben Kaye has performed in venues all over Europe much to critical acclaim. He has returned to Oz for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and is nothing short of marvellous.
I was first intrigued into going to see Reuben Kaye’s show Success Story when I saw him walking around the Garden looking as if he’d come straight out of Rocky Horror Picture Show in a lavish, sparkling get up. He was hilariously shouting at anyone who would listen ‘just f*cking come to my show, I’m fantastic' - so saying he’s sure of himself would be an understatement. I’m sure that’s how he’s roped so many last minute audience members into the show, it’s bold and simply scandalous - I loved it!
Performing at La Cascadeur in the Garden at 9:45pm nightly, this is a show for the night owls. You will have a love/hate relationship with Reuben Kaye, because his performance is sensational; but if he were your friend, he’d be the one your parents think is a bad influence. He’s kinky, self-deprecating, risque and borderline offensive - but he pulls it off magnificently.
Reuben takes his audience on his journey of self-discovery, running a cultural commentary along the way. He is self-aware and deliriously conceited, but that’s what makes him so great. Mesmerising and unforgettable, I wish I’d seen him sooner. This is no simple drag show, it’s a masterfully complex performance that will have your eyes glued to the stage.
Reuben Kaye’s Success Story has a certain refined eccentricity that I think only he could manage, making him one of the stand out performances of the Fringe this year!
Star Rating: 4/5
When: 7th March - 19th March @ 9:45pm
Where: La Cascadeur @ The Garden of Unearthly Delights
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