Adelaide Fringe

Fringe Review: Women Like Us

Crude, rude, honest, real… And bloody hilarious!

Presented by: Shooting From The Lip Productions
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Last night Glam hopped over to cute North Adelaide café The Store, which is moonlighting as an intimate Fringe venue. And intimate we certainly got, as we dove into the world of two hilarious forty something year old ladies in ‘Women Like Us’. No stone was left unturned.

Let us preface by saying this is a show to indulge in with a glass of wine, but you’ll undoubtedly spill it or break your glass while you’re rolling around in hysterics. Trust us. This actually happened. So perhaps do your sipping beforehand.

The pair from Mullumbimby in New South Wales (which they told us bares great similarity to our own suburb of Elizabeth) are both mothers of several children, of varying age; all of whom have their own quirks and qualities which seemingly… drive their mothers batshit insane.

Ellen and Mandy separately travelled through a plethora of everyday situations and scenarios that we’ve all faced in being female; regardless of age, marital status of number of offspring. Even though I’m a mid-twenties, single, childless female I still found myself nodding so much my neck ached, while tears rolled down my face.

One thing this marvellous show is certainly not short of is brutal crude honesty, about all manner of things. I haven’t heard the word ‘labia’ thrown around so much in my life. If you aren’t aware of what labiaplasty is, you’ll quickly learn. Solid advice: don’t Google that at work.

Touching on topics that have us all either giggling or scratching our heads like spanx, botox, gluten intolerance, the age of the selfie and even blowjob faces the girls both had the crowd in absolute stitches.

The show is called ‘Women Like Us’, and the women certainly did. The approximately five middle aged blokes in the crowd who’d joined their wives to this show, laughed politely and shuffled awkwardly as predispositions of the male brain (and anatomy) were poked fun at. Strong advice: go with your girlfriends to this show. The discussion of labias appeared to be much funnier to those of us that have one.

It’s hard to say too much more about the ins and outs of the show without giving it all away. But let’s just say there were many more mentions of ins and outs.

We even got to chat with the girls post show, they’re just as hilarious unscripted as they are with a microphone in hand. Two totally relatable ladies who hit the nail on the head of charismatic female comedy.

If you’re after a great night out with the gals this Fringe, this show is a must. Prepare yourself to be hunched over in hysterics and repeat to yourself “we’ve all been there”.

Women Like Us was the perfect amalgamation of crude and relatable comedy.

Reviewed by Hannah Pendlebury

Rating (out of 5): 4

Venue: The Store, North Adelaide
Season: 24 Feb – 27 Feb
Duration: 50 mins
Tickets: $10 – $25
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or at a FringeTix box office (booking fees apply)

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