Please note that this website has not undergone any active development since 2011 and is scheduled to be retired.
Home Users Companies Events Want Ads Courses Reviews Venues Weather Search Contact
  Welcome, guest.  (Need an account?)
User ID:   Password:  

Barista! A Cabaret of Caffeinated Proportions
Presented by Chi Chi Manfred Productions


Reviewed: 2008-07-18 11:58:29
By: Leila Marston (

Barista's opening number extols the sassy attitude of "Black Coffee," but the show overall is more of a mixed roast - and so, I suppose, will be my review.

To their credit, the actors were obviously having a marvelous time during their performance.  After a somewhat slow start, they came to life and played their characters with animation and self-effacing humour.  Two particular moments were spectacularly funny: an over-the-top paean to the "latte boy" and a hilariously mocking ending.

The main problem with this show is the script.  The non-latte-boy songs were sometimes repetitive or trite, and much of the dialogue seemed forced, descending into moralistic preaching at several points.  It's as if the writers couldn't decide whether to approach the pithy coffee-shop atmosphere from a campy, touching, sarcastic, or corny perspective, and settled for an uneasy blend of all four.

A tighter, more unified script would raise this promising concept to an excellent cabaret; as the show currently stands, I left the theatre feeling mildly entertained but not inspired.

This review has been viewed 2144 times.

NOTE: Posted reviews reflect the opinions of their respective authors, and are subject to the Terms of Service (TOS). Individuals with differing viewpoints are welcome to register an account, and submit their personal reviews.

Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival
Quote of the Moment
"Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that you live, if you do."
-- Elizabeth Bowen

Proudly Canadian

Valid HTML 4.01!

  Pageview 1,843,515 generated in ~0.008 secs at 12:29 AM
Copyright © 2004 - 2011 Merlyn Productions. All Rights Reserved.
Usage of this website is subject to the Terms of Service (TOS).