Hot Gay Time Machine (4 stars)

Hot Gay Time Machine

A subtle yet riotous telling of highs and lows

You might think you know what a show like Hot Gay Time Machine will entail and, well, you're probably mostly right. But this is more than just a gloriously camp hour of fun; it's an all-singing, all-dancing reflection on the key moments in a gay man's life. Double-act Toby Marlow and Zak Ghazi-Torbati are a fine duo in this riotous but subtly moving show, presenting original songs about growing up, coming to terms with your identity, and, of course, genitals.

Musically, they make use of stunning harmonies with Marlow providing an appropriate accompaniment on the keyboard throughout. The song which depicts them coming out to their mums for the first time (to the melody of Diana Ross' 'I'm Coming Out'), is touching but we're never far away from a smut-filled number or raunchy joke.

The show very much relies on their ability as storytellers and despite a few overdrawn moments, they succeed in capturing the highs and lows of their own personal experiences as gay men. The running gag about which of them is the Beyoncé in this relationship gets a bit tired, with the pair even acknowledging the 'gay cliché' of their repeated return to this argument. But they manage to round the joke off nicely with the most fabulously aggressive dance-off you've ever seen. In the end, they're both Beyoncé and there are no Michelles in sight.

Underbelly Med Quad, until 28 Aug, 11.10pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Hot Gay Time Machine

  • 4 stars

Zak and Toby present an extravagant blend of dance, comedy and original songs.

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