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Comedy Skitch at the Butterfly Club for the Comedy Festival
Tour de force is the word that comes to mind when describing this one-woman show at the Butterfly Club. Never before has one woman exhibited so many split personalities in such a confined area over such a short space of time. Move over Toni Collette! Step away Sally Field! (Sybil? Anyone?) Liz Skitch, step into the spotlight and take a bow.
The spotlight is Skitch's natural habitat: with the help of mannequins, wigs and an accessory or two, she shines a light on five very different women in a storyline that weaves them all together to a dénouement that is hilarious – and yet just a bit tragic. The audience gets a glimpse into five strangely familiar lives ranging from upper middle bogan to 15 minute celebrity. And if they are absolutely honest, they might even see a teensy bit of themselves in there.
We meet a marriage celebrant with a face so tight her tear ducts don't work anymore; a wedding planner with a Pomeranian shitzu so small it's a Pomshits bonsai; and a celebrity personal trainer on a recruitment drive for her SLUT movement: Start Loving U Today.
This is a funny, fast-paced show, with its cleverly choreographed onstage costume changes and adlibbing that keep up the laughs throughout the full sixty-plus minutes of entertainment. To borrow a phrase from Larissa Waters, reality show runner-up and would-be burlesque artiste, no matter how unrelentlessing your Comedy Festival diary, testistically speaking you'd be mad to deter the opportunity to see 'Spoilt'.