Kerry Gilbert’s form of comedy doesn’t really fit in a box. She dramatically re-enacts choice anecdotes, having split up with her long-term boyfriend in recent years, and entered a period of near-crisis – picture Jess from ‘New Girl’. It feels like it should be character comedy, but apparently it’s closer to autobiographical. Throwing herself into self-mockery, Gilbert gives an animated and physical performance, creating a fond cast of family members, school friends and strangers on the street. At times hilarious, the dramatic and personal monologue can equally be awkward to watch. She does break character in unpolished interludes, and occasionally has to check she has not forgotten any material but overall this is a brave one-woman show.
Just The Tonic at The Caves, 2-26 (not 14), 6.40pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Nathaniel Meyers]