WRY AND SHARP
NZ Fringe 2014|
NOTHING TO BE DONE
Luwita Hana Randhawa
at Fringe Bar, 26 Allen St, Wellington
From 19 Feb 2014 to 21 Feb 2014
Reviewed by Deborah Eve Rea, 20 Feb 2014
Waiting for Godot opens with Gogo (Estragon) struggling to remove one of his boots. He gives up and mutters, "Nothing to be done.”
Luwita Hana Randhawa is an up-and-comer (and award-winner) in the Malaysian comic scene. She has been developing her comedy skills in her home country and in New York. For the Fringe Festival, she returns to Wellington which was her home for three years while studying at Victoria University.
Although she is from Malaysia, Randhawa has lived in the UK, USA, South Africa and of course, New Zealand. The comedy of Nothing to be Done is geared either western or universal.
Randhawa converses with us over observations on life, family and pop culture. Her delivery is wry and sharp and presented with relaxed confidence.
It's in her one-on-one banter and riffing with audience members that Randhawa really shines. She diverts from her material to get to know audience members and charmingly quips over their lives before returning to task. Sure, some material needs more development but we are won over by her approach.
My only negative about Nothing to be Done is that it came in short at 30 minutes rather than it's advertised 45 which caused a few quiet grumbles in the audience. That can only be a good thing, right?
Randhawa is the first Malaysian to perform at the New Zealand Fringe Festival and is one of the few female Southeast Asian comics in the world. Nothing to be Done is well worth your support.
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