Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Chix with Dix(ie)!"

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"CHIX WITH DIX(IE)!"

conceived, written, produced, costumed and choreographed by Fresh Fruit
directed by Terra Fredriechs

with:

Pete Gaioni
Michael Gaucher
Walter Hildner
Rodney Van Derwarker

I first saw Fresh Fruit in its Christmas revue YULE EN ROUGE, three Decembers ago; they are currently offering CHIX WITH DIX(IE) at Club Café. The title may be different but the material is the same: cleverly reworked lyrics set to pop tunes with topics ranging from on-line lonely-hearts to our current President’s resemblance to a chimpanzee. There is a clever moment --- a female pig singing “I Loves You, Porky” to a well-known cartoon character --- and a brilliant one: a filmed sequence of two geishas lip-synching to Puccini’s “Un bel dì” while the English subtitles has them bitching about their white-devil johns; the rest of the hour is safe, pleasant, girly fun.

In reviewing YULE EN ROUGE when it played at the Tremont Theatre, I scribbled the troupe would do better in club-restaurants rather than conventional theatres and my hunch proved correct: the Club Café back bar is a perfect setting for the Fruits, small, intimate and cabaret-like. Should they choose to take root there, these Fruits could flourish as has Mr. Landry’s Orphans at the Ramrod Center for the Performing Arts.

"Chix with Dix(ie)!" (10 February - 5 March)
FRESH FRUIT PRODUCTIONS
Club Café, 209 Columbus Avenue, BOSTON, MA
1 (617) 983-2221

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