Writer: Cian Kinsella, Cormac Mohally and Pat Kiernan
Director: Pat Kiernan
Reviewer: Ciara Murphy
Raucous, hilarious, utterly insane. These are only a few of the words that come to mind when one thinks of Chaos the madcap comedy musical from Lords of Strut. Two brothers; Famous Seamus and Seantastic take to the stage in Dublin’s Project Arts Centre to entertain, bewilder, and electrify their audience. If you are up for a night which defies expectations, this is the show for you.
This show should not work…but it does. In a mixture of comedy, dance, variety show, and banter the two fame-obsessed brothers reveal their secret to life and happiness. It’s really very simple, you just have to do the do. Accompanied onstage by a jazzy inflatable sofa, a kitchen sink (yes…an actual one), and a modesty defying wardrobe, the two brothers, played by Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally, win their audience over in an instant.
Chaos parodies the idea of fame and shows up the most shallow aspects of performance. The audience are as much a part of this showas the Lords themselves, if you don’t like audience participation beware! Both Kinsella and Mohally are likeable and their high velocity performance never wavers. Comedically this is silly comedy at its very best. Think Father Tedmeets the X Factor and you won’t be too far off. There are moments of course where the comedy falters slightly but its such an enjoyable experience no one cares.
Chaos is imperfect, its inconsistent, and it makes no sense… but it really works. Not for the fainthearted this show is not to be missed.
Photo courtesy of Project Arts Centre. Runsuntil April 25th.
Contains semi-nudity. Audiences 16+