Fever Dream

Cavern Club, 22 Allen St, Te Aro, Wellington

20/02/2024 - 21/02/2024

NZ Fringe Festival 2024

Production Details

Created and performed by Rao Morusupalli

Get ready to dive into the Fever Dream, a stand-up comedy show that’s as hilarious as it is insightful. This show is not just your regular comedy gig, it’s a unique journey through the wild, wonderful, and often downright weird realities of being a millennial.

Navigating life’s challenges can sometimes feel like a fever dream, and that’s exactly the vibe we’re going for. With the chaos of the modern world and the existential crises faced by millennials, it’s easy to feel lost. Throw in a newfound love for techno music and an escalating self-consciousness about future plans, and things start to get really interesting.

But amidst all the uncertainty, we’ve managed to hang onto that childlike sense of wonder. This show delves into the comical side of these challenges, exploring how our individual journeys, societal expectations, and our struggle for identity can lead to some pretty laugh-out-loud moments.

Fever Dream is a captivating blend of self-exploration and societal commentary, wrapped up in a package of rib-tickling humour. So come join us, have a hearty laugh, relate a little (or a lot!), and take a step back to appreciate the absurd comedy that is our shared human experience.

Cavern Club
22 Allen Street, Te Aro
20 FEBRUARY 8:00 PM – 21 EBRUARY 8:00 PM

Rao Morusupalli

Theatre , Comedy , Solo ,

60 minutes

Intelligent, charming and could delve deeper

Review by Margaret Austin 21st Feb 2024

“You picked this show,” we are informed by its creator Rao Morusupalli at the Cavern Club. His introductory observations set the tone of hesitancy and self-deprecation that characterises Fever Dream.

Morusupalli observes that his surname (it’s Indian, though he’s Australian) consists of the pattern consonant-vowel-consonant-vowel. It’s just the kind of linguistic comment I enjoy, and I’d welcome more of it. But would a stage name be a better idea? Our comedian comes up with several possibilities … Name-dropping is another sure-fire comic drawcard.

What is a Black Belt in karate doing on stage as a stand-up comic? Or someone with a degree in astro physics for that matter? Our man, clearly brought up with quite other futures in mind, is not sure, and we get to explore his doubts, though not necessarily share them. Immigration New Zealand didn’t help by the way, by questioning his given occupation as “comedian”.

“If you don’t understand my jokes, that’s on you,” is a declaration and a challenge. We may not be laughing out loud, but we’re smiling.

Morusupalli is intelligent and charming. Perhaps more of a delve into his experiences growing up in Australia would broaden and deepen his material. He wants to do what he loves; indeed, he thinks we all should. It isn’t a privilege; it’s a necessity. It’s why he’s here. So he can dispense with the hesitancy.

To sum it up, the choice is to be a comedian or make do with a PhD.


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