Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Alex Theatre, St Kilda
Not Finished With You Yet follows Kate (Christie Whelan Browne) and Rupert (Rohan Browne) as they battle to save their marriage. The biggest obstacle confronting them is that they live in a world where divorce is compulsory after being married for 13 years.
Written and composed by former City of Port Phillip Mayor Dick Gross AM, the musical looks at sometimes socially challenging topics with humour, but without judgment or shame. It examines midlife crisis without resorting to stereotypical views, instead focusing on the emotions that affects both partners differently. The on stage chemistry between real life married couple Christie Whelan Browne (Muriel’s Wedding, Offspring) and Rohan Brown (The Boy from Oz, West Side Story) is unsurprisingly convincing.
Director Kim Anderson rose to the challenges of the space restrictions at the Alex Theatre. The simple set comprising a number of movable screens used to project a range of scenes from coffee shop to courtroom is a clever use of the small stage.
At its core Not Finished With You Yet is about two people trying to maintain their love for each other despite lifes difficulties. It’s about fighting against society’s expectations for couples in middle age. The show shines a light on how important communication is within a relationship, especially when facing difficult times together so neither partner feels left out or unheard. And how small compromises from both sides can make big difference.
A strong supporting cast really helped the audience experience a full range of emotions from toe tapping numbers to reflective ballads which help tell the story in an engaging way. Alexia Brinsley playing Kate’s little sister Maria gave us some impressive highlights with her strong vocals and comedic timing.
Another stand out is Lauren Gunson playing daughter Ella. Lauren’s teen angst, quick wit and pure vocals landed every single time.
The premiere season of Not Finished With You Yet is part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, playing at the Alex Theatre in St Kilda until 16 April.
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