Tuesday 16 April 2024

Good Girl review (Melbourne International Comedy Festival)

Why have we waited so long for Roxie Halley to be doing a solo sketch show? Regardless of the answer, the utter delight that Good Girl provides its audience is well worth the wait. With all 13 characters performed by Halley, the comedy explores the expectations that are put upon women through a variety of characters and sketches.

Halley has created a diverse mix of women for this show. From faded tv starlets trying to retain their sex appeal, to a teenage girl obsessing about her weight and being hot and a woman feeling just a little bit fragile at her lavish birthday party. She finds an authenticity with each one that allows these characters to be something deeper than merely a laughing point.

Between sketches, Halley has a red light shroud the stage as she removes one costume and puts on another, hinting at a sense of danger, passion and energy that comes with these women. A full-length mirror is positioned in her eye-line so she can see herself transforming into each character. It's an effective ritual where you observe the gradual changing of her physicality and facial expressions. Her costume choices, including some incredible wigs, are very specific and give each woman her own distinct personality. Halley's voice work, and the numerous accents she puts on is exceptional.

Halley does a standout job in highlighting the pressures that women from all walks of life feel, such as issues around isolation, body image and wealth. She convincingly traverses class, age and time, and despite all these differences, they are intelligently presented as a collective and we easily empathise with them and understand the circumstances they have found themselves in.

Good Girl is a heightened but honest look at the idea of what a good girl is and how a good girl should behave. Some highly considered writing and a committed performance by Halley results in an extremely entertaining evening of laughter and contemplation about how society views the female population.


Venue: Theory Bar, 19-24 Meyers Place, Melbourne
 17 - 21 April | 7:00pm, Sun 6:00pm
 55 minutes
 $28 Full | $25 Conc
 Melbourne International Comedy Festival

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