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Monster of the Deep 3D is part of B Sharp's Summer Comedy & Cabaret season, which also includes The Fabulous Frances Faye in Australia (starring Nick Christo and The LB Little Big Band) and Double Exposure (starring Marty Murphy and Paul J Livingstone aka Flacco). For full details, please visit Belvoir Street Theatre.

POSTED: 11 JANUARY 2010

Monster of the Deep 3D, by Claudia O'Doherty

B Sharp | Belvoir Street Theatre, Surry Hills, Sydney | Until 14 Feb

Monster of the Deep 3D is the kind of show where you start smiling from word go, then giggle, chuckle and chortle to the end — except for the guy next to us, who hooted and belly-laughed, but just not at the same time as the rest of us.

Either he had a unique sense of humour or the grey matter was churning slowly. But since laughter was the order of the evening ... who cared?

Writer Claudia O’Doherty is good as the quirky, “rain woman” adolescent/young adult, bobbing and bouncing in her aqua-blue chiffon in this her debut solo performance.

The only survivor of Aquaplex — a secret international experiment to establish a safe deep-sea haven for humans in the event of world meltdown — she maintains a verve and vitality throughout that is catching.

It’s not surprising that her show won the Brisbane Comedy Festival Award and was named Best Comedy at the 2009 Melbourne Fringe Festival.

As Claudia tells us at the outset, the scientists of Aquaplex — her Mum included — would never have dreamed of her as the person to lecture the world on the principles and processes of the underwater city halfway between Australia and Vanuatu, but ... since she is the only Aquaplexian left ... well, there is no choice, so get set for her unparalleled presentation.

Claudia fills us in on the fantastical and fabulous complex, the unconventional conventions, and the peculiar customs that characterized her birthplace and home until the unthinkable happens — the indestructible city explodes.

Unfortunately noone remembered to replace the one piece of machinery that after 30 years would fail — the achilles heel of their damp Olympia. Perhaps Claudia was not the only air-head down there?

We learn all this via a series of hand-drawn charts, decorated posters, tin-foil models and shoe-box dioramas. Absolute Year 7 Science presentation marked 'A' for effort, and with much of the ingenuous, double-edged comicality you could expect from an eager, artless — and occasionally hyperbolic — juvenile presenter.

Definitely worth a look, this ... a gig that leaves you light and perky, and ready to party into the evening.

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