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Audience members at feminist comedian’s Gwen Coburn ‘Sad Girl Songs: Oops! All Songs’ musical may not have known whether it was okay to laugh or cry at the musical numbers with mature themes like genitalia, depression, and dating apps, but they sure left with a good time. Using jokes, musical compositions that encompassed many genres, and a don’t care attitude that made 30 minutes fly by; this is one show I still find myself thinking about the next morning.
submitted by: Christina W. Richardson, PF23 Independent Review Team
Gwen Coburn has subtitled her show “Oops! All Songs” because it’s not her full comedy show, but fret not! She does not skimp on the funny, and her engaging, quirky songs are packed with genuinely LOL moments, vulnerability, and plenty of surprises (with just enough of her stand-up routine in between to connect the dots). Betty Dodson would be especially proud of the opening number (Google her), and other songs navigate such topics as depression and daddy issues in an endearing, self-deprecating, and relatable style.
Coburn rails against the patriarchy without being anti-man, highlighting how men suffer under patriarchy in a particularly revealing song featuring online dating profiles and a wee bit of audience participation. Getting the balance right between the amplified background music and Coburn’s vocals was a little tricky in Maine Studio Works, making her a little hard to hear while singing, so be sure to sit close — you won’t want to miss any of the lyrics or the laughs.
submitted by: Amanda Painter, PF23 Independent Review Team