Marny Godden: Marny Town
- Murray Robertson
- 5 August 2018
Uninteresting and too broad tale of nonsense
This whimsical tour of Marny Godden's life is an (apparently) autobiographical tale of little consequence, peppered with caricatures that are so broad they barely register as human. Godden introduces us to her eccentric aunt, her palm-reading Dutch granny and various other family members, none of whom are intriguing enough to justify spending much time in their company.
The Grandees member is an imaginative comedian whose zealous performance encourages a fatiguing crowd to sing along and occasionally join her on stage. But this is a chaotic show (in a bad way): at one point numerous audience members are married to each other before Godden annuls each matrimony because the various grooms have fleas. Later, a punk laboriously goads some audience members to recite an unfunny mum joke. And when Godden spots a fake rat on stage, picks it up and starts punching it, the whole pointless scene feels like a metaphor for the entire show.
Far better when performing as herself, Godden is ill-served by Marny Town. It could be that the events that we've seen take place are an allegory, and that this is comedy as therapy. But whatever it is, it's neither interesting nor funny.
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