All the Right Notes, presented by Kane Parsons.
Also at the Globe Theatre tonight at 7.30pm, and tomorrow at 2pm and 7.30pm.
Reviewed by STEPHEN FISHER
Opening last night at the Globe and borrowing heavily from the work of the great Danish comedian and pianist Victor Borge, All the Right Notes – Just Not Necessarily in the Right Order features Kane Parsons presenting an evening of gentle banter with the audience, intertwined with performances of some of the great piano solos, all tempered with some very funny and witty repartee.
In the manner of Borge, Parsons gives us hints of the great composers, and while some of these works are realised substantially, they are more likely to dissolve into Happy Birthday or Chopsticks, as did Beethoven's much loved Moonlight Sonata. Much of the humour is based around the music, but cleverly worked so that it is immediately accessible by all members of the audience, as he forgets how the evergreen Remembrance goes or quickly teaches us how to find C on the piano – with a tape measure.
However, Borge is mainly remembered for his Inflationary Language and Phonetic Punctuation sketches, Parsons performing both of these much to the obvious delight of the audience.
Parsons is well suited to this material as he is obviously a knowledgeable musician, with a keen sense of humour and a very relaxed relationship with an audience.
While he may not have been as animated as I actually remember Borge was when he performed at the Regent in Palmerston North, there is no doubt that Parsons takes much delight in the material, presenting it with a good sense of timing, allowing last night's audience to really revel in the humour.
Even more so, Parsons has the confidence to put just the right amount of himself into the material, so that it is easy to appreciate that here we have a very talented comedian in our midst.
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