FRINGEWORLD 2017 – When He Gets That Way (3 stars)

Review by Elli Gemmo

He Gets That Way in very different ways, He Gets That Way when Anneliese first sees him standing on the right but leaning to the left, He Gets That Way when Christiane feels his big butcher knife on her cheek, overcome by the nature of the beast. When He Gets That Way is an experimental play with some key ingredients: manners, absurdity, great music performance, and a mouthful of wittiness.

Anneliese is a lady from the high society of a not well-defined period of history who spends her days daydreaming and writing in her diary. Christiane is her freshly hired maid, who will completely upset Anneliese’s daily routine with her entertaining yet servile attitude. Both characters are fierce and ambitious in different ways, where Anneliese is always updated with the latest gossip and aims to have that “spark of life”, Christiane comes from a less rich background with a mysterious story that she will keep hiding from Anneliese and the public.

The diary that Anneliese writes in becomes a medium of communication with her maid and with the outside world. Christiane also will get a diary where she can write. As she is no tree indeed. The diary becomes a metaphor. Anneliese is undoubtedly absorbed by Christiane’s story, she tries to recreate it on her own diary, missing some key components. She is so absorbed that she kind of fades away.

When He Gets That Way is unmistakably penetrating yet whimsical. This play has great music with outstanding vocal performances by both actresses. This duo will take you to another world, leaving the public with a sense of unfinished and wanting to see more of this intelligent and well-arranged comedy mannerism.


When: 7th – 11th February 2017 | 6:30pm

Where: The Flaming Locomotive | AGWA | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $21 – $26

Info: Duration 60 minutes | Suitable 15+ | WA Artist