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Adelaide Fringe Review: Upstaging Hans – A Tribute to Stage Mothers

9 March 2012 9,033 views No Comment

Behind every child star, pageant queen, and little dancer there is a stage mother; plucking those eyebrows and curling that hair to make sure that their child becomes a bona fide star.

Despite all their glitz and glamour, Adelaide’s favourite piano-accordion playing German shows that these girls have nothing on Hans. Upstaging Hans: A Tribute to Stage Mothers’ is one of two shows that Matt Gilbertson’s alter ego Hans is performing at this years Fringe.

Joined by two perky blonde dancers, the Lucky Bitches, and a three-piece band, the Ungrateful Bastards, Hans sings and dances to anything from ‘Don’t Cha’ to ‘On the Good Ship Lollipop’. It is fun from beginning to end, even during costume changes when you’re treated to clips from ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ and ‘Dance Mums’.

The show is everything you’d want and more in a cabaret about stage mums. Glittering costume, frozen smiles and dance numbers to rival the best pop bands of the 90s. Hans is full of energy, and he shines on stage. He is cheeky, loud, and utterly fabulous. Front row audience members beware, his shorts are very short and very, very tight. There were definitely some people on the night who weren’t complaining.

If you’re after a laugh think about sidestepping some of the regular stand up shows at this years Fringe and treat yourself to a hilarious night of cabaret instead.

FringeTix link2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17 March 8pm
The Mars Bar, 120 Gouger Street, Adelaide
All tickets: $25
Book at FringeTix

You can find both @Matt_Gilbertson and @accordianhans on Twitter.

Visit Hans’ official website, or become a fan of his Facebook page.

You can also check out Han’s other show at the Adelaide Fringe, Hans After Dark.

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