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Deranged Dating

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This one-woman comedy from South African performer Shirley Kirschmann ends 15 minutes short of its stated running time, but even at 45 minutes, it feels padded. An unstructured hodge-podge of jokes, skits and anecdotes, it’s not funny enough to work as standup and not quite personally resonant enough to work as a monologue.

Kirschmann is an appealing performer, however. Her broad humour and casual profanity are given novelty by her clipped Afrikaaner accent as she talks about the ignominy of being 35 and single.

The standup portions are weakest — what does Camilla Bowles’ horse face have to do with dating? — but when Kirschmann adopts characters, she fares better; her domineering matchmaker could be the star of her own show. And when she actually deals with her dating life in a series of blackout scenes featuring a string of ridiculously awful dates, she hits home hilariously.

— Jill Wilson

 

From the Fringe program:

 Director: Catherine Irwin

Cast: Shirley Kirchmann

Hi, I'm Shirley Kirchmann. After 17 years of serial monogamy, I found myself 35 and single. This is my true story about my year-long elusive search for love. Meet my concerned family, my bizarre dates and the terrifying matchmaker.

A hilarious fusion of stand-up, skits and absurd storytelling.

"Her fast-paced wit is delivered with a timing even the Swiss could admire" - Cape Times

"Superhero performance" - www.meganshead.co.za

"Intellectual sharpness" - The Citizen

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 60 mins.

Tickets: $10

Warnings: Mature Language and Themes

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