La Bohème – Upstairs, Thu 3 Mar
This is the perfect Fringe show. It features glamour, glitz, witty lyrics, great songs, laughter at your own expense, a chance to share your problems and plenty of political incorrectness.
Tiffany (Judy Hainsworth), a trust fund princess and Kendall (Kaitlin Oliver Parker), a daytime drinking, trophy wife share their unashamedly snobby celebrity lives. Their big hair and bling, their private school backgrounds and sense of superiority over the audience set up the situation for nonstop comedy about the traumas of being a first world white girl.
The opening song brilliantly captures the essential features of first world life for the privileged and starts the show off with a bang. No Bogans here. Their satire touches every aspect of life and its problems: celebrity culture, home and furniture, credit cards, cars, dieting, beauty, cosmetic surgery, food, boyfriends, children, pets- nothing is left out. It is all hilarious fun as the audience recognises the classic trends of aspiring middle and upper class life. Some of the humour is very edgy as in the song about acquiring children – very UnPC. Social media features heavily, everything is a # and internet lingo assumed – the song FoMO being a classic example of this. There are also quite a few startlingly frank references to the body, which ups the ante as far as first world problems go.
The humour reaches a peak when we hear the firstworld problems identified by the audience, while Coldplay features in the background. The mashup of Lorde’s Royals, Gwen Stefani’s Rich Girl and Elvis’ In The Ghetto is also a highlight.
This is smart, funny and highly entertaining satire that any adult would find humorous. La Bohème is a great venue for this show: creating the conditions for the sense of intimacy and shared confessions this show requires.
#FIRSTWORLDWHITEGIRLS continues at La Bohème – Upstairs from 6pm until Sat 13 Mar.
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