Look Out, It's A Trap
The Sun House Tent
REVIEW: Alice Mepham
After successful stints at Sydney Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, relative newcomer and hometown girl Laura Davis brings her observational brand of humour to Perth's very own Fringe World.
Some may be disappointed to discover that Look Out, It's A Trap has absolutely nothing to do with Star Wars.
Potential disappointment aside however, Davis' endearing 60-minute creation is an impressive consolation for those who may be misled by its title.
Her ability to make a 24-year-old's experience quippy and watchable while avoiding the trap of irritating egocentrism was quite exceptional.
There were moments of whiplash self-awareness that left you cringing with self-recognition. On the other hand though, there were aspects of the show that need refining. I enjoy playing around with puns as much as the next person, but there's a certain point at which you exhaust their humorous capacity.
Her interaction with audience members was energising and engaging. During one such engagement, due to her exceptional knowledge of leafy sea-dragons, my Fringe consort was rewarded with a private dance from Miss Davis and a tiny tin of baked beans (that quite conveniently slotted into my purse for a post-show snack).
Stand-up takes a lot of balls, especially in a male-dominated industry. With writers such as Lena Dunham and Miranda July forging a comedic path forward for young, talented and previously unheard women, it's encouraging that Perth-based gals are following suit.
However, as much as Davis is a beneficiary of this movement, she is also bringing something original to the table too. She has a gift for story-telling that not many possess and this alone makes her a Perth product to be proud of.
Look Out, It's A Trap runs nightly until February 5 and is part of Fringe World 2013. Tickets are available from www.fringeworld.com.au.