Pamela DeMenthe: eVULVAlution
Walking into a cocktail lounge with a projector spilling white light on to a white screen, my first thought was where is the next 60 minutes going to take me.
Pamela DeMenthe’s new comedy offering is named eVULVAlution- a story about a doctoral student’s journey into Neanderthal time by use of a time machine. A time machine made from an office chair; hilarious in itself.
As a one person show, this is a genre of comedy that takes the audience for a joy ride of laughter mixed in with confusion. For the first 15 minutes your brain is fighting its own battle as it tries to sort out what is exactly going on in front of you.
DeMenthe is a very polished performer. I wouldn’t say eVULVAlution is simply a comedy, it’s much more layered than that. It’s experimental theatre married with story telling with a healthy dose of pure craziness.
It’s all about DeMenthe and the make believe characters she has created. It’s one hour of tight scripting where the very intelligent and pun-filled writing leaves your mind like toast. So much is jam packed into one hour that at the end you are left quite exhausted.
DeMenthe’s energy and charisma on stage is, at times, mesmerising. She even manages to get the entire audience participating, which is a relief from constantly focusing on the one energised human being on stage.
A mark of a good performer and comedian is, where as an audience, you are left not only thinking about what just occurred, but also how much of the content was based on true to life experiences, and how much was pure imaginative creativity.
eVULVAlution-what a fabulous title where DeMenthe pushed the conceptual envelope and she even licked it.