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, 27 March 2015
Judith Lucy, 26 March 2015 ****
Ask No Questions of the Moth Playhouse,
Arts Centre Melbourne, 26 March until 12 April 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival Reviewer:
Kate Herbert Stars: ****
Review also published in Herald Sun online today, Fri 27 March, 2015. KH
Lucy’s distinctive brand of stand-up comedy is a blend of unashamed, confessional
humour and unbridled naughtiness that makes her simultaneously adorable and a
sassy, she arrives on stage shaking maracas and wearing a figure-hugging, black
gown reminiscent of a 40s movie star.
show may be cryptically titled Ask No Questions Of The Moth, but she has no
qualms about relentlessly questioning audience members who had a bad year in
among the front rows, teasing audience victims in her inimitable, laconic and
strangely unthreatening style while engaging with their cheerful or tragic
material is clever and hilarious, but often it is simply her vocal quality and
sardonic tone that make us laugh.
her greatest comic asset is her measured, modulated, singsong voice that is
almost a parody of a TV advertorial presenter or a CWA woman explaining a scone
recipe to an idiot.
the acerbic tone of a cynical, social critic, she relates bizarre and banal experiences
from her recently aired TV show, Judith Lucy Is All Woman.
theme is change; how rapidly it comes upon us through ageing, death,
relationships or careers and how quickly our lives can change from tears to
laughter and back again.
she strolls across the stage gripping her microphone, her musings meander from
homophobia in the USA to masturbation, from her pet hates (hipster beards and reality
TV are high on the list) to the cheesy prose of Fifty Shades of Grey.
quips about her recently acquired partner (He’s 12 years younger), criticises slut
shaming, bemoans menstruation, menopause and female-friendly porn or ponders
the frequent collision of grief and sex.
is verbotten in Lucy’s comedy, including a bit of gallows humour; death can be
funny after a bit of time passes.
Lucy is hilariously unrestrained and unembarrassed. She doesn’t do prudery but she
does rudery with charm.