The Fairfax review was unflattering, to say the least. The Australian’s review wasn’t quite so harsh nor was the Herald-Sun’s, but they still had reservations. MTC’s Vivid White is supposed to be a satire on housing affordability.
Well, let’s understand what it is: think “student review”. Perhaps consistently with this, the ensemble includes students from the VCA Music Theatre class (seemingly on a rotational basis). The language at times and some of the jokes are also in line with what you’d expect at a review. There’s a lot of music and yes, the basic theme is a satirical commentary on housing affordability in Melbourne and home renovations. But there’s a lot of idiocy and absurdity and jabs at other things too, such as the adoption of lost dogs, putting wheelie bins out and even at the nature and role of satire itself.
My initial reaction was “weird”, but on reflection, there are some very good parts and excellent performances (in particular, the auction scene and the Dulux lady scene are memorable). But it’s inconsistent and seems to wander around, and frankly I’m still bewildered by the last scenes involving the tentacles of a mind-controlling creature. I must have missed the point somewhere along the way.
However, the full house seemed to enjoy the performance.