NZICF 2017: Marika, China & Lauren – P.S. We Also Love Cats

This quirky ensemble show is a joint effort offering from Marika Jackson, China Gonzales and Lauren Mabbett with each one getting time in the spotlight. P.S. We Also Love Cats is an accurate title as cats definitely play a more fleeting role in the proceedings.

Token ‘exotic girl at the party’ Gonzales kicks off the show and is the undeniable headliner of this three-hander bill. Her discourse on being Mexican and how she’s living the dream in NZ with her Pakeha boyfriend in Grey Lynn is effortlessly engaging. She is also the only one of the group to reference being a (former) cat lady which was a highlight of her set.

Up next is Jackson with her observations on everyday, relatable topics like bathroom etiquette and flirting. Her awkward charm and naiveté juxtapose well with her idiosyncratic sense of humor. Mabbett closes the show regaling us with her struggle of being 31 and still learning “how to adult”. Her anecdotes of joining the gym and being put in the ‘S team’ for swimming are delightfully self-deprecating.

In between each set, the trio come together in a hilarious behind-the-scenes, space reversal type scenario which is a really clever addition to the narrative. These three ladies are talented comedians in their own right but the show possibly could have benefited with more group appearances because their energy as a collective adds another great comedic layer to the show.

You don’t have to like cats to enjoy P.S We Also Love Cats though it would have been nice to have more feline related material. That aside, this is still an enternaining show which will satisfy those craving for some late night laughs to finish their evening out.

Marika, China and Lauren are performing at Q Theatre until 13th May. For more details and to book tickets, click here.