Saddle up for character comedy
By Kate Boston Smith
Rama Nicholas grabs the reins with authority in her first solo show, Death Rides a Horse . With sharp wit, excellent imagination and full commitment the multiple characters she plays this one-woman show of full force.
Having come up through the ranks of Melbourne’s rich improv scene, Nicholas proves that she has what it takes to deliver on her own. Death Rides a Horse is an excellent parody of all those spaghetti westerns you loved as a child.
Though some of the jokes feel a little limp at times there was absolutely no faulting her acting ability. Nicholas switched seamlessly through characters such as a cowgirl on the rise to fame, brothel madam, Latin lover, evil sheriff, trusty stead and of course, Death himself.
To watch as her wild imagination came alive on stage in front of you via all these characters was amazing. Her simple set and use of props added discreet colour and shape to the show, as did her well-timed “blue jokes” for this late-night timeslot. Moments I particularly enjoyed were the ‘death twins’, the Death song and I’m always a sucker for a Princess Bride reference.
Nicholas clearly has a love affair with character work, and she is excels in this area. Due to this commitment and impressive number of characters introduced in the piece the story lacks a certain amount of meat on its bones. This is a show of incredible craftsmanship, rather than a constant laugh out loud or ‘ROFOL’ adventure. Death Rides a Horse is to be enjoyed by those who want to wander off the (sometimes) aggressive stand-up track and take a winding trail through the prairie of one woman’s incredible imagination.
The Tuxedo Cat
27 Mar-9 Apr
Booking details can be found here.