Monday, 17 April 2017

Melbourne Comedy Festival: Tash York - These Things Take Wine

These Things Take Wine, Tash York
I love wine, so there’s no reason to believe I wouldn’t also love Tash York’s cabaret show, These Things Take Wine.

Cabaret shows are often themed for fun and songs about wine could have easily devolved into a messy drinking session followed by regret but this show isn’t just about drinking to excess.

It starts out that way, though, with Tash crawling out from behind the couch – sad that her 5:30pm audience can’t already be drunk with her. She says she looks sexier if the audience has been drinking; right now, she looks like a Tina Turner impersonator, which is the reason she left Brisbane.

Most of the songs in the show are re-written pop numbers but Tash nails the re-writes with Let’s Talk About Wine, Baby and I had a shot (bang, bang) and Wine After Wine. There’s a great song about trying to fit in with The Ladies Who Lunch, with whom she’s been set up on a friendship date.

My favourite song was about Tash falling for Musical Theatre Boys, while she was studying. “They are so much shorter than me / They love Cole Porter more than me”. They wear shorts and cheer for Schwartz and maybe that’s what led to her drinking… and being put off when men have tried to serenade her ever since.

There’s also a lovely ode later in the show to meeting her father and them bonding over a bottle of wine. It’s not all about wine-vado, though sometimes it is.

Tash has a powerhouse musical theatre voice, a lot of charm in telling stories of drunken excess and is much funnier than drunk people think they are. These Things Take Wine is full-bodied, rich and the show leaves a lovely aftertaste. You might even want to go back for more!

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