Stage Review

Dame Edna: Back With A Vengeance! (2004)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Opening Date: Nov 21, 2004; Lead Performance: Barry Humphries

As soon as Barry Humphries' besequined battleship of an alter ego descends from the rafters on a giant pair of her own eyeglasses, Dame Edna Everage sets upon her audience like a drunken, matronly Muppet, wanting nothing more than to save us from our poor, pathetic lives. It's the same old shtick — songs are sung, ticket holders insulted, gladiolas waved — but also constant is the Dame's affection for her possums, for which we should be thankful. Because if she's going to bring your grandfather on stage and put him in a pair of ass-less chaps, you want to know she's doing it out of love.

Originally posted Dec 03, 2004 Published in issue #795 Dec 03, 2004 Order article reprints