Laura Dunemann has an astonishingly prevalent fear of death, and a show to be proud of as its consequence. ‘It’s Time For Death’ is her debut solo show, dealing with the inevitability of dying, both pessimistic and optimistic attitudes towards life, and, ultimately, compulsion. It is a compellingly dark and delightful hour, delivered by a bright and engaging comedian with a strongly committed style and presentation that is very confident and consistent. From the wonderfully crafted announcement pre-show, to the collectively satisfying sketch that ends the show, Laura Dunemann has a style, a grace, and a grip on comedy that solidifies her growing reputation as an oddly engaging and humourous individual mastering her craft.
Through a barrage of newly created emojis, a brief look at a belated scrapbook, and stories of reflection, possible remorse, and hypothetical constructs, the audience is taken on a very worthwhile and connectable journey. The popularity of this show and artist is very evident this early on in the festival with what appeared to be a sold out room; so for those who like a little bit of quirky and dark, smart and wondrous, and modern and relevant, it may pay to book ahead to be assured a spot in the crowd.
Corey M. Glamuzina is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, improvisor and comedian with an avid involvement in the art of theatre and film.
‘Laura Dunemann – It’s Time For Death’ runs from the 24rd March – 17th April (no shows on Mondays) at The Trades Hall – The Evatt Room. The venue is accessible.
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