A three-piece comedy trio, a one-man band, and the gangster movie ‘The Godfather’! That’s all it takes to put on stage a stunning physical comedy performance that makes the audience feel like being in the middle of a live gangster film, combining humorous situations with captivating action scenes.
As part of this year’s Fringe Festival, Sleeping Trees were at The Old Market last night with their show “Mafia?”. Jumping into the roles of Johnny, Ronnie and Tommy, otherwise known as the Banuchi brothers, the comedy trio takes the spectators right into the story of a wannabe gangster willing to join his older brothers in the ‘dirty’ business.
Without any props or scenery, the three actors fluently change from one role to another, or even from one object to another. One moment, they play an old lady mourning over her husband’s death and the next one, they transform into a revolving door.
It all becomes possible thanks to the brilliant synchronization between their gestures and the energetic sound scenery. The familiar squeaking sound of an opening door accompanies the actors who pretend to open the door to the confessional and it is this sound scenery that brings their performance to live.
The authentic sounds of a machine gun being fired fill the scene with action when Johnny, Ronnie and Tommy run for their lives, and when a couple of imprisoned gangsters get stabbed in the shower, we might not see any physical blood but the sounds are enough to make us see the picture in our heads.
While alternating between high-speed action scenes and dramatizing slow-motion postures, Sleeping Trees still manage to make their audience laugh with hilarious remarks and twists in the plot that break up the action bit and make fun of this world full of mafia bosses and gangsters.
Who would have thought that a cat could be the one thing the most feared gangster in the city is afraid of? Or that a simple misunderstanding of the phrase “Take him out!” could lead to three people being killed instead of an old mafia boss being taken out for dinner?
Last night’s audience definitely had their fair share of surprising revelations about the mafia world while watching wannabe gangster Johnny making his way up to being the king of the mob world.
Sleeping Trees will again perform at The Old Market tonight and tomorrow night at 8 pm, but with different shows. Tickets for tonight’s show “Western?” are on sale here. For tickets for tomorrow night’s “Sci-Fi?”, click here.