Watching Loretta Maine’s performance is like watching that drunken mess at a party loudly perform Britney Spears classics in the centre of the room as everyone else claps along uneasily. It’s partially sad, somewhat disturbing, but mostly incredibly entertaining. One of the best character comedians around, Maine stumbles across the stage bleating out dark ballads like ‘White Wine Witch’ and a perky little number about murdering her ex. As her poster indicates, Loretta Maine is manic depression personified in the most hilarious way. Though as she plays her character so well (chugging an entire bottle of wine in under 20 seconds on stage) some may find her performance unnerving and uncomfortable, and at times laughter seems cruel despite the invitation.
Just the Tonic at The Caves, 2-26 Aug, 6.00pm.
tw rating 3/5 | [Ellie Willis]