Hootenanny, the famed Australian children’s entertainment duo, have finally made it to Ottawa for the final stop of their world tour!
Should you see it?
Once a shining beacon in the world of children’s entertainment, Hootenanny, a stage show starring Hoot and Annie, has taken a turn for the worse. As they explore through song and dance some, shall we say, questionable themes – death, racist grandparents, dealing with vegans – the duo’s strained relationship is made clear as they become increasingly passive aggressive with each other. At the root of this conflict: Hoot’s much publicized missteps, drug use and general debauchery.
This show has a lot of interesting elements working in its favour. Most notable is the use of video to show staged tabloid clips and news segments about Hoot’s downfall and Annie’s subsequent disappointment in her partner. Although there were some technical glitches, these didn’t take away from the show, which drew huge laughs from the audience.
The tone of this piece is just delightful. I mean, who hasn’t wondered what children’s entertainers are really like when you strip away that family-friendly persona? There must be some pretty dark stuff behind all the forced cheer and dancing, right? And that’s what Hootenanny offers up – the dark side of children’s entertainment, as it becomes a show no parent in their right mind would subject their child to.
But that’s just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think. Did you enjoy seeing the darker side of children’s entertainers? Did the show leave you in stitches? Join the discussion and tell me what you think in the comments below!