MICF 2023 Review: “Stinking Hot Trash” performed by Isabelle Carney

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In the super trendy inner city suburb of Prahran lies an equally trendy little theatre – The MC Showroom – tucked away yet ready for eager crowds, hosts ‘Stinking Hot Trash’.

Produced by independent production company ‘A Small, Strange Company’ – the brainchild of Isabelle Carney (“Shaun Micallef’s Mad as Hell”, ABC) and Bronte Locke (“Bad Behaviour”, Stan) – ‘Stinking Hot Trash’ stars Isabelle Carney and is an amusing dumpster dive (if you’ll excuse the pun!) into facets of her life…perhaps current life and definitely previous life! Throughout this somewhat fast paced sketch show, props and mixed media (video screen / video use) are used to add further context / enhance callbacks which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Isabelle Carney is not afraid to throw herself into her scenes and is dedicated to the characters she portrays, despite props that don’t always play along. Carney is unafraid to be vulnerable at times through the show content, which can be a rare trait in this PC / “woke” world. Without saying too much, my favourite scenes in this show centred around meetings and detectives – any scene with a meeting and or detective in it had me laughing doubly as much! I hesitate to get too descriptive at this point, as there’s a lot to like about this show and I don’t want to delve into spoilers.

Always witty and sometimes gritty, ‘Stinking Hot Trash‘ approaches topics through a modern lens / with plenty of modern references and clever metaphors along with some choice nostalgic moments. Akin to the annual hard rubbish, ‘Stinking Hot Trash‘ contains surprises and gems – you just need to know where to look and remember to try and notice EVERYTHING otherwise you may just miss out on a nugget of gold.

VERDICT: Unleash your inner trash panda and delight in ‘Stinking Hot Trash‘! A fun show full of amusing characters and clever scenes, tied together with some poignant metaphors. Shows like this don’t come around often – don’t miss it!

‘Stinking Hot Trash’ runs until April 8th (no show on Mondays) at The MC Showroom in Prahran. Tickets are available here.

*disclaimer: I attended this performance as a guest of the producer.


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