I'm a writer with a love of young adult novels, musical theatre and vegetarian food.
Because if the receptionist doesn't do it, who will?
Overall rating: ★★★★
Temporary is a one-woman comedy about the daily office routine directed by Nisrine Amine and written by Katie Lees. Lees is a Sydney-based actor and writer with performing credits from across the globe. Lees stars as receptionist Amy as she deals with endless emails, a sitting desk and her unusual colleagues.
The play begins with a flustered Amy trying to get to work on time. She admits to hitting the snooze button too many times and shares her new positive outlook on life and work. The audience becomes the selfish commuters taking up too much space on the tram that she complains about as Amy shuffles her way through the seats.
Lees is not confined to the stage as she performs Amy's story of navigating serious office concerns like the air-conditioning temperature and cleaning the office kitchen. Amy's journey to retrieve a gluten-dairy-nut free cake is a hilarious observation of bending over backwards to achieve unrealistic corporate goals.
The clever jokes about ethical eating and practising mindfulness are relatable for anyone who's experienced the mundane 9-to-5. And if you haven't, you can at least enjoy Lees' impersonation of the many characters making up the office including Amy's crush, the creep and the annoying executive assistant.