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Published September 30, 2018

Set to a bitchin’ soundtrack Naomi Klemens and Ellen Marning are here to walk you through feminism and doing business with the devil.  Featuring some seriously impressive dancing in heels and inventive prop usage, the audience is never sure who or what will appear on stage at any given moment. Yes, it’s time for a STOCK TAKE: Bitches in Business.

Making excellent (and excessive) use of the classic corporate buzz words with a healthy sprinkling of puns, Klemens and Marning engage in some classic one-upmanship.  Petty, hilarious, sadly relatable – genuine commentary wrapped up in an outrageous comedy.

The characters were highly sexualised, especially Noah, from the OTT portrayals of women at the top to ‘half-frontal nudity’ making an appearance. It worked and wasn’t entirely gratuitous when mixed in with the silliness and serious commentary it accompanied.  It was impressive just how silly the show could be at the same time as providing cutting societal commentary.

A mix of posh business and manic self-help guru, these women are 100% intense no matter what they’re selling us throughout the show. Mildly terrifying at times, and high energy the entire way through, it was almost exhausting just watching the crazy lifestyles and expectations of women in power portrayed.

With definite feminist undertones throughout, the show was an interesting watch. Providing serious societal criticism around how we view women, power, corporate life, and the morality of business, the show leaves the audience entertained.  There was however, no doubt that it is also thought provoking and confronting – especially with the dramatic finish.

 

STOCK TAKE: Bitches in Business is on at 10pm at the Butterfly Club until 30 September 2018 as part of Melbourne Fringe. Tickets can be purchased from the Butterfly Club website or box office.

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