Kate Herbert is theatre reviewer, Herald Sun, Melbourne & formerly for Melbourne Times. Kate is a director & produced playwright (20 plays). Scripts published by Currency Press. She worked as an actor, comedian, improviser & teacher of Acting, Improvisation & Playwriting. Kate is currently Convenor of Professional Writing & Editing, Swinburne University. Read her reviews here or at: www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts. NB Explorer Browser doesn't always work on blog.
Friday, 5 April 2013
Sophie Miller, April 4, 2013 ***
Sophie Miller in Do Better Cohen’s Cellar Bar, Victoria St., on April 6, 9, 11,
13, 16, 18, 20 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Star rating: *** Reviewer: Kate Herbert on April 4 Review also publishedonline in Herald Sun on April 5. KH
Amusing, original ditties about "doing better".
Sophie Miller in Do Better
Pert and impish Sophie Miller’s solo show, Do Better, is 40 minutes of
amusing ditties about her fictional, self-help book that reads like a report
card: Sophie – and everyone else – could ‘do better’ at, well, everything.
The book’s Contents page is an endless list of items that could do
better: Fifty Shades Of Grey could do better, as could little dogs, teenage
boys, email signatures – and the list goes on.
Miller sings her original songs while plays a Roland piano, tucked into
a corner in a cosy wine bar with couches, tables and a good wine list.
The songs and Miller’s performance really take off with her clever,
funny song about her online relationship with a Korean boy called Kim Jong Un,
and how Google Translator hilariously warps her love missives to him. Don’t try
this at home!
She sings about Siri, the woman who tries to poach her boyfriend, follows
him everywhere, knows everything and meets his every need – and this smug rival
is the voice-activated, personal assistant on his IPhone.
Miller reveals how she learned from Mickey Mouse, on a visit to
Disneyland, that honesty doesn’t pay and then sings a smart, rapid, patter song
explaining how double negatives help her cope with dishonesty.
She takes us through a beachside, guided meditation that turns horribly
wrong, and sings a witty song about the unnecessary middle names of famous
people – You’ll never guess what the T in Richard T. Gere stands for.
The songs are witty and Miller’s piano playing is competent, with a good
blend of jazz and ballads.
To make the most of the witty observations in her songs and patter, the
performance just needs some tweaking and perhaps a director to shape the show
and Miller’s delivery.