Paul Capsis is one of the most soulful, versatile, and talented entertainers around. And for four more nights in Melbourne, Oz, he is starring in a very warm, very original and delightfully cheeky piece of theatre called Calpurnia Descending.

I first saw Paul Capsis in the 1998 movie Head On, a film based on Christos Tsiolkas’s book Loaded. In 2010, Capsis did a one-hander in Angela’s Kitchen which was a vaudeville bonanza. And last night, Calpurnia Descending was (with no singing) a great way to appreciate his brand of show business. It is a performance both: camp and delicious, new and surprising, charming and comically tragic. If you’ve got a chance to get to the Malthouse before it folds you’ll be smiling for hours. Hopefully it’ll reappear, maybe in NYC where it is set. A trend setter, it certainly should be celebrated.

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