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“Sharp and blackly comic monologue”

“Be nice to people who work in customer service” is just one of the messages in Ladykiller, a very funny and refreshingly offbeat comedy from The Thelmas.

Madeline Gould’s play opens with a dead body and a blood-soaked chambermaid, complete with French maid uniform and a semi-believable alibi.

 It quickly segues into a monologue on the nature of murder, including giving an informative mini-lecture on different classifications of life-stealers. It’s like an A-level psychology class, if your teacher had a deliciously bad sense of humour.

Hannah McClean gives a sparkling-eyed and generally excellent solo performance. The comic timing is spot on and she delivers the darkest lines with a cat-that-got-the-cream secret grin, while thumb and forefinger play absentmindedly with the red liquid.

If there’s a flaw, it’s that it’s perhaps a teeny bit too long – this would make an excellent 45-minute monologue with the extraneous nods towards a backstory deleted.

Taken at face value Ladykiller is simply very entertaining – especially for those of us who laugh at all the ‘wrong’ things – but it also says a lot about gendered expectations and violence. Women aren’t evil. Apart from when they really, really want to be.

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Production Details
Production nameLadykiller
VenuePleasance Courtyard
StartsAugust 1, 2018
EndsAugust 27, 2018
Running time1hr
AuthorMadeline Gould
DirectorMadelaine Moore
Set designerBaska Wesolowska
Lighting designerJennifer Rose
CastHannah Mcclean
ProducerThe Thelmas
VerdictSharp and blackly comic monologue by a murderous hotel maid
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