Saturday, 31 March 2018

It's Not Me, It's Lou - Melbourne International Comedy Festival review

Meet Lou Wall. She is a millennial. But let's not hold that against her. After all, Lou cares about the big issues facing the world today - particularly the increasing price of avocados and remaining present in the moment...with her social media. In her non-cabaret cabaret show It's Not Me, It's Lou, Wall musically brings to life her Facebook statuses over the years that explore the challenges and tribulations of being 'born in the nineties and raised in the noughties'.

Wall sets the scene for each song by reading out an old (and sometimes not so old) Facebook status she has posted. While most are cringe inducing (and make you wonder what statuses you've posted that are better off deleted), Wall creates some musically poignant moments out of them. She expresses her loneliness through the sadness of the death of her iphone and the closeness that they once shared. A status from 2008 inspires Wall to write a song about dying and hilariously exploring how vanity isn't just a concern in life, but also in the afterlife.

While there are plenty of laughs to be had, Wall does touch on some more serious issues such as marriage and gender equality, sexuality and being free to be who you want to be, with the aides of a bobby pin, a sock and a remote control. She may be having an existential crisis at the ripe old age of 21, but Wall shows that millennials care far more than they are generally given credit for.

Throughout the show, Wall reminds us that when it comes to theatre and performing (and maybe even in life), 'everything is a lie'. While this is debatable, one thing that is not a lie is the talent that she possesses. Wall has crafted an entertaining cabaret that engages with its audience of all generations through its humour and thoughtfulness.

Venue: Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt Street, Southbank
Season: Until 8 April | Tues - Sat 6:45pm, Sun 5:45pm
Length: 60 minutes
Tickets: $24 Full |
$22 Conc |
$20 Tightarse Tuesday
Bookings: MICF website

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