Archive for August 20th, 2016

ONE DAY MOKO

One Day Moko
2016ONEDAYM_GB
Created and performed by New Zealander Tim Carlsen I must admit to being somewhat perplexed and frustrated by One Day Moko. Matters were probably not helped on the ay I attended as torrential rain had probably convinced a few Fringe goers to remain at home so therefore the audience on this particular occasion was disappointing to say the least as I feel an immersive work requires some sort of audience feedback and participation.
As it was, the audience barely filled the front row so there was a slight awkwardness between us and Carlsen from the very outset. Despite this there were some promising moments as Carlsen attempted to create scenarios involving those we tend to ignore in our daily meanderings; an urban landscape which involves encounters with MacDonald’s staff, the police and club bouncers but unfortunately they never came to any real fruition.
Along with this his regular catchphrase of ‘Any requests?’ which was supposedly a cue for someone from the audience to shout out a song they would like him to sing often hung around the air like a guest who has over-stayed their welcome; more often than not a dreaded silence hung heavy in the air.
To be honest I found this show somewhat not fully realised. Obviously matters were not helped by the reticence of the audience participation but this aside the material just didn’t feel strong enough to stand on its own merit. There were simply too many awkward moments and poignant silences which prevented the whole production from moving forward as it should have if it wanted to be a relevant and entertaining piece of theater.
**
One Day Moko is on at The Gilded Balloon at 15.45 until August 29th.(not 22nd)

LUCIE POHL: APOHLCALYPSE NOW

Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now
2016LUCIEPO_GI
This fast paced comedy show crackles with sparkly wit, inventiveness, lightning speed character and location changes and high velocity humour. Raised on New York but of Romanian/ German descent Lucie Pohl makes much use of her family’s background in theatrical circles where ‘drama ala carte’ is nearly almost the household dish of the day.
Whether it be her father and his eternal frustrations with his printer- a common place problem many of us can identify with- her mothers own special dramatic flourishes or even her Romanian grandmother’s contributions they all create a hilarious mixture of sage advice or piquant observations wrapped up in their own individual theatrics.
Add to this melting pot of crazy characters an amphetamine fuelled agent, a Greek boyfriend, aptly named Adonis and a Turkish lover.
Combine the aforementioned people with a dead-end job as a waitress in a meatball joint which is abandoned in favour of a job in an ad for urinary tract infections before what promises to be the career highpoint of an acting part in a film with Michael Madsen.
Phew!
And breathe!
Well actually how Pohl finds time to breathe is a mystery as she pauses for nothing, not even breath, for the whole duration of this one hour show and somehow it never feels forced or rushed. The drama which unfolds so wraps you up in it that you simply don’t notice the hour whizzing by.
Generally I am not too much of an advocate for comedy and I don’t review it too often as general rule but I thoroughly enjoyed this show finding it refreshing and funny whilst relishing the rapid fire delivery so many character changes necessitates.
Definitely recommended!
****
Lucie Pohl: Apohlcalypse Now is at Gilded Balloon at 17.30 daily until August 29th