REVIEW: PUSS (NZ International Comedy Festival)

Review by Sharu Delilkan and Tim Booth

[Here puss, puss, puss!!!]

Opening night’s show was an absolute riot even before it began.  Some silly backstage antics were embraced with open arms by the warm audience that we were sitting amongst.  And while everything went swimmingly well throughout the show, we can’t help but wonder whether an audience sans family and friends will be as receptive.

However, once the show gets into full swing, there’s no doubt that the central character Puss (Nomi Cohen) and her side kick Kit (Andy Manning on keys) are consummate professionals who deliver a brilliantly cohesive show, riddled with feline jokes coming at us a mile a minute.

It is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate the power of the Thesaurus to describe our domestic pet and countless ‘puss’-like connotations – and Puss the Show does this in spades!

Singing a range of song covers (which allow for sing-alongs!), Cohen’s amazing vocal range is beautifully exploited throughout, as is Manning’s effortless talent on keys as well as occasional repartee and gorgeous vocals.

We’re also treated to some audience participation, which is equally hilarious, given the late night crowd.

Torum Heng’s direction is spot on throughout, peppered with some continuous gags that both Cohen and Manning dish out with great aplomb!

Whether you’re a cat lover or partial to pussies this show is bound to tickle your funny bone.

PUSS plays The Basement until 28 April. 

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