Two new works presented as a double feature provide somewhat of a highlight in the current Sydney Fringe Festival.
From the end of her first song, summoning the spirit of Holiday, spotlit and with exquisite poise, dramatic pause and phenomenal phrasing, there was a palpable feeling of the audience restraining a desire to leap to their feet in rapturous applause.
Initially the orchestra sounded great, if reserved, but fired and stoked the feels as the evening progressed and both parties fused.
LaPaglia is simply outstanding as a salesman bartering down his own price. Believable, present, committed – every indignity is expertly handled, never demonstrated but achingly and authentically realised.