Friday, 7 April 2017

The Lucky Ones review - Melbourne International Comedy Festival

Best put on your seatbelt if you're seeing The Lucky Ones, because you're in for a very bumpy ride, but in all the right places if Carmen Walters has her way. The romantic erotic adventure writer has graced the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to share with us two of her erotic stories.

Performed and written by Rama Nicholas, the two stories while varying greatly in setting are as erotic as they can possibly be. Firstly, we are presented with a "ye olde time" tale that follows Lady Penelope and three men who wish to have her hand in marriage: Lord Vincent, Captain Cummings and Gill. The second story is a science fiction based one with space traveller Marlin having to deliver a police officer and its cargo to a secret destination.

Both these tales follow romance in unexpected ways, yet every relationship is treated with sincerity and never for laughs. There are many descriptive sex scenes throughout and I do believe that Nicholas has used (and created) every single possible euphemism in reference to the penis and vagina. Nicholas' trademark musical number makes an appearance in the form of a longing love song between Lady Penelope and Gill. There is also a third story that audiences are told and this is Carmel's own, as she recalls her own romance, and it is this story that resonated most with me.

Nicholas has a masterful skill of knowing how to tell a story in terms of what needs to be explicitly told and what the audience can pick up on, and also when to end one part of a story and continue with the next. The 14 characters in the show are all performed by Nicholas, and she vividly brings them to life through 14 clearly defined and varied accents, physicalities and mannerisms. 

The Lucky Ones will have you feeling exhausted from laughter with its clever storytelling, imaginative characters and frolicking good times. It's possibly the sexiest show you'll this festival. 

Click here to read my interview with Rama Nicholas

Venue: Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank.
Season: until 23 April | Tues - Sat 8.10pm, Sun 7.10pm
Length: 60 minutes
Tickets: $28 Full | $25 Conc
| $22 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: MICF website

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