Cristina Lark takes on the role of aptly named Casha Bling, who is like your everyday rich bi*ch on Instagram, taking her laptop to the most beautiful of beaches and enjoying a life that isn't drained by a 9-5 soul-crushing job. With her beach blonde hair that is adorned in a unicorn headband and sporting a white crochet bikini top with a free-flowing long skirt, we see Lark break into the venue with a blinding form of energy, as she makes her way around and talks about how she's going to change our lives for the better.
Taking pride in giving us a crash course on how to go from poor and miserable to rich and fabulous, Casha Bling sets up her 'workshop' as a TED Talk, except it promises to be life-changing and enlightening in many deceiving ways. She has a charm in her persona and everything she says (whilst being integrated into your thinking with a grain of salt) cannot be helped but taken seriously, because through the all-too-popular hype words, the fairytale picture of what it is like to be (pretending to be) rich, and the ditzy demeanour, she embodies the essence of how most pyramid schemes and MLMs have affected the current climate in the world of social media. Through a series of screenshots of 'Insta-famous' individuals who are on holiday in the most picturesque locations and hashtagging their photos with #blessed, or #hustle, Casha Bling takes us on a journey of how to give what us millennials class as a state of FOMO through their picture-perfect and heavily curated social media feeds, where everybody is literally faking it till they make it.
Her energy is inspiring, as she passionately shares her 'wisdom' through the hilarious mix of presentation slides that are saturated with a few too many words, all-too-relatable (and popular) memes, and fast-forwarded video clips of Casha Bling pre-blonde era. The sarcastic undertones that mock the very people who saturate our social media feeds take precedence in giving this show a cringe-y yet wholesome vibe that makes the show a mindlessly fun one to watch, particularly if you work in media, marketing, and / or communications. Whether you've always hated those DMs that start with "Hey hun" or need some quick pointers on how not to get involved in an MLM or pyramid scheme unintentionally, Casha Bling will give you everything you need in your toolbox to avoid being sucked into this cyclone of chaos and madness - at a special price of just $4999!
While the show attracts hearty laughter through the all-too-relatable topic, it does occasionally fall flat in some of the segments that may seem to be a bit too repetitive or prolonged, which makes the intended effect of impact dissipate rather quickly. My suggestions would be to slow down the pacing of the show just a bit, so that the audiences can process all the material that is being put on stage for them - after all, presentation slides with a ton of words and imagery, on top of Casha Bling trying to make a point about the slides by speaking at the rate of a machine gun delivery may be seen as a rushed sequence. It would also be good to see the presentation slides with less words and/or imagery, especially if Lark's character will be talking whilst the slides are in motion. Since the slides are saturated with actual posts and comments from various MLM / pyramid scheme Facebook pages, it would have been awesome to have had the ability to take a moment and grasp the impact that she is trying to create, regarding just how much BS is thrown by those who work for these types of 'businesses' and lace it with false promises and unrealistic expectations.
Lark's piece Rich Bitch is a satirical show that delves into the ridiculously hilarious trend of pyramid schemes and MLMs that prey on the gullible through their sales pitches and delivers content that nails the accuracy around how they promise to "get rich quick" through clever manipulation, toxic forms of racism, and a sense of entitlement. With a bit of fine-tuning and polishing up on her presentation and delivery of the material, Lark's show possesses abundant potential brimming within to create the punchline impact that it yearns for an effective execution that will leave her audiences in stitches (and possibly tears) from laughing too hard.
Date attended: 05/03/2020 Overall rating: ★★★1/2
Rich Bitch: A Parody of Law of Attraction Gurus will be performed at the Griffins Hotel till March 15, 2020. Book your tix here.