Writer: Josie Long
Reviewer: Jamie Rosler
Josie Long, charming and optimistic comedian from England, brings Something Better to Barrow Street Theatre, in both name and intention. As a left-wing identifying human in a Brexit &Trump world, Long struggles comedically to come to terms with modern politics, baby boomers, and aging, in a not-quite-stand-up, not-quite-solo-show, that is completely heartening during a time in our history that often feels lacking in compassion and hope.
Upon first entering the theatre, Long interacts with the audience in a pre-show that is decidedly, as she often states, not at all part of the actual show. However this allegedly non-show portion of the performance is integral in setting up Josie’s relationship with the audience, whom she will continue to lovingly antagonize and occasionally converse with throughout the show (don’t worry, there is no forced participation).
Something Better is exactly what lefties need to add to their current arsenal of persistence and rebellion, while those on the right could help bridge the gap of understanding between the two political wings, just by attending and helping engage. In addition to her three-pronged life-changing plan, Long imparts a much-needed sense of levity, and desire for the communal good. It’s up to you, and you can always choose Something Better.
Runs until 3 December 2016