The zombies are finally here!
by Kate Boston Smith
N3rd Girl Versus the Zombie Apocalypse is the debut performance for Jen Coles. Self-proclaimed nerd and zombie-flick lover Coles transforms the ever-gorgeous Butterfly Club showroom to an apocalypse-survival bunker where zombies are a very real and a literal threat.
Taking the role as ‘leader’ Coles is fully equipped with facts, tips, instructions and imitation artillery….(very cute).
For the zombie uninitiated (such as myself) she takes us through a thorough information session complete with song and group audience participation (beware the faint of heart!). The lengthy introduction to the world of zombie awakening soon gives way to some very clever songs about what to do and how to cope in these new surroundings.
Rowland Brache on piano is not only a gorgeous accompanist but brilliant co-actor. The play between the pair is effortless and sweet. You can tell that together they have had great fun devising these moments and one can only imagine the antics and hilarity that ensued during the rehearsal process.
On a side note, the performance felt like it lacked a certain urgency. Perhaps more fear in the character, more fuller electricity, is needed to really propel the zombie experience forward. That said, it was opening night and I am sure Coles will “feel the fire” of the brain-eating apocalypse as the season progresses.
Coles’ songs grew and grew throughout the piece. My favourite moment was her heart-warming and hilarious ballad of love to an unsuspecting audience member. This was on par to the grand finale, which was a romping good time in itself. There is nothing like a few surprises saved til the very end to leave your audience grinning with delight.
This is a cabaret for those who love their zombies, musicals and fantasy served on a cranium-platter….
N3rd Girl Versus the Zombie Apocalypse
Written and performed by Jen Coles
Directed by Kim Edwards
Accompanied by Rowland Brache
Fri – Sat 7pm, 6pm Sunday
Tix $22/19/18 group