Without any qualification or regret, I can easily say that Reeni Inosha’s Enlighten Me a Little is something special. Given that this is the show’s second run after a successful season during the 2018 Melbourne Fringe and that the performance I attended was sold out, I’m clearly not the only person to think so, either.
Looking hard at the trials of growing old in a society that values youth and beauty, as well as the things we do to fool ourselves and others into valuing us higher than we perhaps should be, Inosha’s sharp, energetic, and uncomfortably true comedy simply doesn’t let up from the beginning of the show until it’s time to finish.
The show is mostly stand-up, with the jokes wrapped around engaging and charming storytelling, with the occasional sketch or character bit thrown in for good measure and to break the pace and give the audience a breather. There are lighting changes, sound cues, and a small amount of audience participation and Reeni’s background in improv was put to good use when the audience threw her a curveball or two.
I honestly cannot encourage you to see this show enough. Reeni Inosha has the talent and charm to make it and there is no doubt in my mind that we are all about to see her start making waves.
Enlighten Me A Little is playing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival until 14 April 2019. Tickets start at $20. To buy tickets or for more information, head to the MICF website.