Uta Uber Kool Ja
by: Jessica Leo From: The Advertiser February 24, 2012 2:27pm
FROM the moment you arrive at the venue until well after you leave, Uta Uber Kool Ja and her faithful assistant George are the hosts with the most.
Throwing you head first into their hotel room after-party this is immersive theatre at its best. Uta is woman of contradictions, mood swings and diva antics with her days in the spotlight dimmed and a trail of failed marriages behind her. But she is irrepressible and impossible to dislike as she cajoles her unwitting guests - that’s you dear audience members - into entertaining her whims and flattering her ego.
George plays the gay but straight shooting guy to Uta’s flamboyant fallen star routine as they bounce off the audience interaction but follow a closely crafted running sheet.
Champagne is liberally dosed to guests, dancing is mandatory and costumes and props abound. Only open-minded people need apply, don’t bring a conservative mate or date along to this one.
But it is the closing chapter that will really leave you with food for thought. Uta and George aren’t just a crazy hotel room romp, they have an important message for you to walk away with. Stripping back the bravado in the closing stages of the performance, Uta shows us all how reinvention can be a powerful tool but, embracing where you’ve come from is the most liberating lesson of all.